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This season is too late for the Los Angeles Chargers, but back-to-back game-winning drives by Justin Herbert could bode well for a future season.
Herbert’s 1-yard keeper in overtime Thursday night gave the Chargers a 30-27 win over the Las Vegas Raiders and completed his second bit of late-game heroics in five days. He led the Bolts for a field goal on final play in Sunday’s 20–17 win over Atlanta.
“It is very important that we stop these games. You see many times that when teams are strong they start fast next season, ”said coach Anthony Lynn.
Herbert was 22 of 32 for 314 yards and two touchdowns against the Raiders. He has seven carries for 300 yards – the most for a rookie QB – and has tied Baker Mayfield’s 2018 mark with 27 touchdowns. He also has a league-high nine completions of 50 yards or more.
Even more important for the Chargers (5-9) is that they returned with two straight wins after losing 45–0 to New England on 6 December.
“We felt very bad a few weeks ago,” said Tite and Hunter Henry. “We’ve got a group of fighters. We were back in a corner but kept swinging. “
What is working
Having been limited due to injuries to Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, the reserve receivers made the move. Jalan Guyton had four receptions for 91 yards, including the Raiders’ 53-yard in overtime. Tyron Johnson in his third TD of the season and rookie KJ Hill for 39 catches saw the most comprehensive playing time to date. Yards.
The defense has allowed more than 150 rising yards in three of the last four games, with quarterbacks from 30 yards out. Marcus Mariota’s 88 yards gave the Chargers the third-most Chargers to a QB in franchise history.
Chris Harris Jr. showed his best game since returning from a foot injury three weeks ago. The cornerback had five tackles, one defended and his first interception in a year. Harris got a great read on a ball intended by Zay Jones, picked it up and returned the Raiders to 33 from 51 yards. Coincidentally, Harris’ last pick was also against Marita when Denver played Tennessee.
Michael Badley missed two fourth-field goals as doubts persist over whether he is truly the right kicker for the Chargers. Badgeley is 17 of 17 within 45 yards and is one of nine Rangers who still meet that range. But from 46 yards and beyond, he has made only three of 12, including his last five. The 25% accuracy rate is the second worst.
Lynn said he expected LB Kazir White’s injury, which was unknown, was not serious. The evaluation of de Joy Bosa continues to a conclusion.
60 – Reception for Hunter Henry, a career high for fifth-year tight end. He scored 55 runs last season. It is also the first time since 2017 that Henry has played at least 14 matches in a season.
The Chargers get a bit of a late mini-buy before playing their final two matches. They have their final home game of the season on December 27 against the Denver Broncos. LA gained a 24–3 lead during its third quarter of November. Before that, Denver rallied to a 31–30 victory in the last match of the game.
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Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.