It was a decision that was made at the coin toss. Justin Herbert earned his first start for the Los Angeles Chargers and had a solid game in an overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
On his first professional drive, Herbert took the team down the field against the Super Bowl Champions from last year to score his first NFL touchdown with his feet running in from about 10 yards out. He followed that with a stellar pass toward the back of the endzone where only his Wide Receiver could catch the ball. Jaylon Guyton helped keep the Chargers ahead until Kansas City came back in the second half to eventually win the game in overtime 23-20.
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For the game, Herbert outperformed Patrick Mahomes throwing for over 300 yards, 311 yards to be exact. While the former Oregon Duck appeared poised for most of the game, he showed he was a rookie at times. At one point, e had the yardage with his legs for a first down but decided to try and throw the ball downfield for a score to Keenan Allen. The ball was intercepted. It was the one throw that he likely wanted to havee back at the end of the day.
Herbert also looked good handing the ball off to his Running Back, Austin Eckeler who finished the day with 93 yards on the ground. As far as if we will get to see Herbert again next week, Head Coach Anthhony Lynn said it depends on Tyrod Taylor.
While Lynn was impressed by Herbert and his performance, but not enough to make a change to the position. Tyrod Taylor who went to the hospital with chest pains during the game is listed as day to day and is the starter for Week 3. Herbert joins some other big names who saw a start throwing for over 300 yards and losing. Both Andrew Luck and Cam Newton saw defeat in their respective debuts.
The Los Angeles Chargers sit at 1-1 on the young season and will host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at 10 am Pacific Time. The game will be broadcast on CBS.