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Justin Herbert’s first touchdown pass of 2022 goes to Zander Horvath

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Mike Florio and Chris Simms look ahead to the Week 1 matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders, and predict a close contest between the division rivals.

If you had Keenan Allen or Mike Williams catching Justin Herbert’s first touchdown pass of the 2022 season, you might’ve been a little disappointed by the Chargers’ second-and-goal play early in the second quarter.

That’s when the Chargers’ third-year quarterback connected with fullback Zander Horvath on the left side for a 1-yard touchdown to give Los Angeles a 10-3 lead over Las Vegas.

The AFC West division rivals traded field goals in the first quarter. But the Chargers’ offense got going in the second period, highlighted by a 19-yard pass from Herbert to Allen on second-and-15 followed by a 42-yard grab by Allen down the right sideline to put the Chargers in the red zone.

Las Vegas’ defense was flagged for unnecessary roughness when cornerback Nate Hobbs hit a sliding Herbert on third-and-goal. Herbert’s slide was late and awkward, but officials are likely going to air on the side of caution when dealing with a star quarterback getting hit.

Herbert has started the game 11-of-14 passing for 109 yards with a touchdown. Allen leads the club with four catches for 66 yards.