The Chargers had one of their worst offensive performances of the season in last week’s 27-20 loss at the Raiders. They totaled just 13 offensive points and did not score a touchdown until less than nine minutes remained in regulation.
The biggest issue in the game was the pass protection, and lack of protection for Justin Herbert has become a very concerning trend for the Chargers as they make a final push for the postseason. Herbert has been the most pressured quarterback in the league over the past three weeks, according to TruMedia. He has been pressured on 45.1 percent of his dropbacks since Week 11, including at least 44 percent in each of the past three games.
The Raiders game was a culmination of this downward spiral for the pass protection. Through the first 10 weeks of the season, even while dealing with several injuries to the offensive line, the Chargers gave Herbert a chance. During that span, Herbert was pressured on 34.5 percent of his dropbacks, the 11th-highest pressure rate among qualified quarterbacks, according to TruMedia.
There are a few possible explanations for the drop-off in recent weeks.
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