Two exciting rookies face off against each other in Miami, both have had great starts to their career, who will come out on top?
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins
Sunday, November 15, 2020 – 4:05 ET at Hard Rock Stadium
A couple of the new kids on the block take charge of their teams, as the Dolphins host the Chargers with Justin Herbert taking on Tua Tagovailoa in Miami with the Dolphins installed as favorites at the best sports betting sites.
Is the Herbert Hype Deserved?
The Chargers took Justin Herbert at #7 in the draft this year with the intention of giving him at least half a season on the bench to learn from Tyrod Taylor, but things don’t turn out the way they were planned very often. Herbert was thrust into the line-up in Week 2 against the Chiefs. He’s ranked 15th in QBR, 10th in yards, and 8th in TDs thrown this year, despite playing a game fewer than most of the other QBs in the league. Herbert has led his team over the Oddsmakers totals in 5 of his 7 starts
He’s got all that’s needed; he can make every throw, his deep ball has been especially impressive so far through his rookie season, and the receivers he’s got seem to fit with his ability and style. Mike Williams has made some impressive catches, while the likes of undrafted rookies like Jaylen Guyton and Donald Parham have made catches down the field as well.
Keenan Allen is by some way his favorite target in the mid-range of the field with over 12 targets per game when he’s been fit enough to finish them and nearly 100 yards on average in those. He’s always been one of the best route-runners in the game and with Herbert laser arm he’s been getting the ball frequently.
So, is the Herbert hype deserved? He’s got all that’s needed to be a star in the league. My Bengals-bias means I still prefer Joey B for OROY, but Herbert can make more throws over the field than he can. I’ve been very impressed by him.
It’s Tua Time
Well, it was Tua time a couple of weeks ago, and he’s carried on the winning momentum given to the team by Ryan Fitzpatrick to take them on a 4 game winning streak, after a back and forth win against the Chargers last week where he lost Preston Williams mid-way through the game. His debut game was weird, and he didn’t have to do anything. However, last week he looked like he’d been in the league forever. He was very good finishing with 20 from 28 for 248 yards and 3 TDs, a QBR of 87.7.
It’s been a team effort from Miami though who have been far better than I expected particularly on defense. Emmanuel Ogbah and Shaq Lawson are causing havoc up front. Byron Jones and Xavien Howard are proving to be worth their massive contracts at cornerback, and they’re shutting down opposing stars, DeAndre Hopkins received only 3 targets in last week's game.
The Chargers defense is good and it won’t be easy for Tua without Preston Williams, and a bevy of running back injuries to contend with against, but they’re well-coached and have been dealing with those injuries so far covering the NFL Spread in 6 of 8 games.
Will the Chargers Snap Their One-Score Loss Streak?
Under Justin Herbert the Chargers are 1-6, all 6 of those losses have been by one-score, and each week gives them new exciting and crazy ways of losing the game. It’s not a QB issue, it’s probably a coaching issue and one that they’ll finally figure out.
The Dolphins are one of the hype teams of the league, they sit 7th in the AFC playoff hunt and could even win the East if things break right for them. I personally don’t think they will, they’ve been good, but not that good.
I may look stupid here, but surely this run of games is going to eventually end for the Chargers, right?