The Chargers’ Justin Herbert is the Colossus of Week 5

The Chargers' Justin Herbert is the Colossus of Week 5

The Chargers quarterback has jumped, on his own merits, into the discussion for being the best player at his position in the entire NFL

The Week 5 it was dominated almost entirely by running backs and wide receivers, with a low-key quarterback presence.

However, it was a second-year passer who led a spectacular fourth-quarter comeback, who takes top honors as the Colossus of the Week.

If someone wishes to make the argument that Herbert is the best quarterback in the NFL right now, it is very difficult to discuss.

The second-year quarterback of the Bolts completed 26 of 43 pass attempts for 398 yards with four touchdowns without interceptions, and rushed four times for 29 yards and one more touchdown, driving the electric comeback victory for The Angels upon Cleveland, by 47-42.

In a game with a video game scoreboard, the offense cannot fail and Herbert made sure of just that. The Chargers came down 27-13 towards the end of the third period, before the Angelenos, led by Herbert, they will score five touchdowns in the last 21 minutes of regulation time, including four in the fourth quarter.

At that point in the game, the scale moved decidedly, from favoring to Cleveland until delivering the moment to Chargers. Even with an extra point missed when The Angels I was about to tie the Browns at 42, Herbert He did not despair and led his team to one more scoring series, with just a minute and a half remaining on the game clock, to set the final score.

There are several young quarterbacks in the NFL that herald a bright future at the position, and some veterans who keep the standard of the game very high from week to week, including one that appears on our list below, but if you tell me that your vote for the best quarterback in the entire league at October 10, 2021 is Herbert, I have no arguments against.

Honorable mentions

Davante Adams, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers. The Bengals defenders are going to dream of Adams, after a performance of 11 receptions for 206 yards and a touchdown in a suffered 25-22 overtime victory. It was known that the Packers star was going to have a favorable match against Cincy, but this afternoon was superb.

Tom Brady, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The reigning MVP of the Super Bowl had no mercy against Brian Flores, a defensive coach he knows well from their time together in New England. Brady completed 30 of 41 pass attempts for 411 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions, humiliating any attempt by the Dolphins to curb the power of the Bucs’ attack. At this rate, how many touchdown passes is the eternal Brady going to retire?

Antonio Brown, wide receiver, Buccaneers. When plugged in, which he isn’t always, Brown makes Tampa Bay one of the two or three strongest offenses in the NFL, as a third or fourth option in attack. Against the Dolphins, he had seven passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns in an anthology performance, the kind that Pittsburgh fans remember well.

Ja’Marr Chase, wide receiver, Cincinnati Bengals. Adams wasn’t the only wide receiver to hit the jackpot in the Packers-Bengals game. Rookie Chase caught six shipments for 159 yards with a touchdown, making the most of the absence of the injured Jaire Alexander, the Packers’ best cornerback. This Sunday wasn’t enough, but Chase is a machine for Cincy.

Nick Chubb, running back, Cleveland Browns. I don’t know if there’s a more reliable running back in the league than Chubb, who punished the Chargers with 21 carries for 161 yards with a touchdown. His 52-yard scoring breakaway had it all: from vision to find the hole, power to knock off the tackle attempt, and outfield acceleration to outrun defenders. His 7.7 yards per carry average was impressive.

Austin Ekeler, running back, Chargers. Is there a better nickname in the NFL than Ekeler’s? For the Bolts running back, ‘P4P’ (Pound for pound) seems fitting, when it comes to finding the best player in the NFL, pound for pound. Against the Browns, Ekeler carried the ball 17 times for 66 yards with two touchdowns, and caught five passes for 53 yards and an additional touchdown, to make the comeback at home against a Browns who did not save anything.

Mike Evans, wide receiver, Buccaneers. Another of the Bucs who shone brightly at home against Miami, Evans secured six catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the Bucs beat the Dolphins 45-17, punishing from all angles, and at all distances, to the rival secondary defense.

Derrick Henry, running back, Tennessee Titans. How do we explain that the opposing defense knows exactly what is coming, and is still unable to stop Henry? That’s the question about Jacksonville, which allowed Henry 130 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries during a 37-19 divisional victory for Tennessee.

Najee Harris, running back, Pittsburgh Steelers. For the first time this year, Harris really gave a taste of what Pittsburgh’s primary offensive weapon can be. He ran the ball 23 times for 122 yards with a touchdown, carrying the weight of a running game that eased the pressure on Ben Roethlisberger and gave the passing game a chance to flourish. Expect to see more of Harris in situations like this 27-19 win over Denver in the foreseeable future.

Alexander Mattison, running back, Minnesota Vikings. Not Dalvin Cook? No problem. For the second time this year Mattison replaced Cook for the Vikings as their primary running back, and for the second time he delivered a stellar performance, with 25 carries for 113 yards and seven receptions for 40 yards with a touchdown in the tight 19-17 victory. about the Lions.

Kyle Pitts, tight end, Atlanta Falcons. Finally, Pitts’ first professional touchdown reception came, and it came in his best professional game yet. With nine receptions for 119 yards in London, Pitts was instrumental in Atlanta’s victory over the Jets in London, 27-20.

James Robinson, running back, Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags don’t have much to brag about from week to week, but Robinson is at least compliant. Against the Titans, he ran the ball 18 times for 149 yards with a touchdown. Unusually, with those numbers and an average of 8.3 yards per carries, Jacksonville sent Carlos Hyde for a run at fourth and 1 was stopped by Tennessee, instead of insisting on Robinson.

Mike Williams, wide receiver, Chargers. With a gunman like Herbert at the controls, the incredible thing is not seeing performances like Williams from week to week. This time, it was eight receptions for 165 yards with two touchdowns for the Bolts wide receiver, and against one of the deepest groups of cornerbacks in the NFL.

Jameis Winston, quarterback, New Orleans Saints. Sure, he didn’t have the best start to the game, throwing a very bad interception. But, Winston recovered wonderfully. He completed 15 of 30 passes for 279 yards with four touchdowns, including a 72-yard touchdown for Deonte Harris and another on 49-yard Ave Maria to end the first half, at the hands of Marquez Callaway in a 33-for-22 victory over Washington. .

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