6. Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert is 1-7 as a starter without a single loss by more than one score.
After an unfortunate medical accident forced the Chargers to start Herbert before they were likely ready to, the Chargers quarterback has been a bright spot on an otherwise sad team. Sure, he continues to make rookie mistakes, but that should be expected, but he has also kept the Chargers competitive all year with a strong arm and impressive throws.
With 17 touchdowns and only five interceptions, good for a 75.4 QBR, Herbert is looking like he could be a legitimate star in the next few years. The only thing that Herbert isn’t managing to do is win games for the team, and when you are as early in the rebuilding process as the Chargers are, that does not matter too much.
The real problem for the Chargers is not their offense, but it also is not their defense, which is allowing only 232.3 yards passing and 117.4 yards rushing per game. No, as is tradition with the Chargers, mental mistakes, injuries, and special teams are holding the team back.
The Chiefs’ defense, especially when reunited with L’Jarius Sneed, is a team that capitalizes on offensive mental mistakes and Dave Toub just so happens to be maybe one of the best special teams coaches in the league. This is also a home game, and the last game of the season, so I’d fully expect a Chiefs’ victory.