Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden got his first taste of Justin Herbert back on November 8, 2020.
The biggest takeaway from that game? He will have to face Herbert twice a year for a long time in this AFC West division.
Despite the Los Angeles Chargers inability to finish games this season and already being eliminated from the playoffs with a current record of 4-9, the bright spot this season is L.A. has their quarterback for the future.
In that contest back in November, Herbert completed 28-of-42 passes for 326 total yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers lost another heartbreaker on this final play of the game:
The two teams will once again face off on Thursday Night Football this week.
Ahead of the game, Gruden had this to say on the facing Herbert again:
“He's everything you're looking for. Faced some tough moments he’s been hit, been behind, and lost games in the last second. He comes back every single week comes back strong. I think he's a superstar in waiting.”
The No. 6 overall draft pick leads all candidates for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, has a chance to break Baker Mayfield’s total passing touchdown record, has thrown for 3,467 total yards (6.9 yards per pass), 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
This season, the Raiders defense is one of the worst in the NFL in regards to total yards allowed per game (384.2) and passing yards per game (256.1). Gruden may have to enlist in some more help via trades or the draft knowing he has to deal with Herbert twice a year for the foreseeable future.
The Raiders (7-6) and Chargers (4-9) will kickoff at 5:20 p.m. (PT) on Thursday Night Football in Los Vegas, Nevada.