Justin Herbert proved he’s Rookie of the Year on Thursday night vs. Raiders

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Justin Herbert proved he’s Rookie of the Year on Thursday night vs. Raiders originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Chargers rookie sensation Justin Herbert showed us all one thing in the 30-27 overtime win against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday.

That he is hands down this year’s NFL Rookie of the Year.

If his performance against the Raiders and what he has done all season hasn’t proved that yet, then I don’t know what evidence you are all looking for at this point.

The Chargers won the game on Herbert back in the closing minutes, where the rookie quarterback slung a 53-yard bomb to wide receiver Jalen Guyton to set up the game-winning touchdown.

A moment later, Herbert himself sealed the game with a quarterback sneak. A great way to finish the game on a high note.

For the game, Hebert played well and went 22-for-32, 314 yards passing and had himself two passing touchdowns. That put his total touchdowns to 27 for the year, tying Baker Mayfield for the NFL rookie record for passing. 

Herbert can easily break that it the next game against the Broncos.

In the 12 games Herbert has started, he has completed 66.2% of his passes, going 331-of-499 for 3,467 yards with just 10 interceptions.

All impressive numbers, especially playing for the Chargers and the losing season they are in.

Other rookie marks that he has set that is worth noting: he has the most consecutive games with multiple touchdown passes (7) and most games with three or more touchdowns pass with 5. He also needs one more 300-yard passing game to set another rookie record for most in a season.

He currently is sitting as six, which tied Andrew Luck’s rookie year back in 2012.

All of those numbers should add up to Herbert easily taking the rookie of the year award for the Chargers. He has proven it all year long.

Fans of Herbert, sadly, won’t be able to see him in the playoffs this year as the Chargers are out of playoff contention as of last week.

With two games left, Herbert can break the touchdown rookie record and solidify to the league that he is the rookie of the year.

The product of Oregon is showing the league just how much he is going to bring to the Chargers organization for years to come.

In time, Herbert will in the conversation of elite quarterbacks.