Justin Herbert can easily pass Baker Mayfield’s rookie touchdown record this season


If it seems like Justin Herbert’s name consistently trends each NFL weekend, it’s because the Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback keeps breaking records and etching his name in history. 

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and likely NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has a chance to pass Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield for most passing touchdowns in a rookie season. 

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There are only four regular-season games left for Los Angeles (3-9) - who have already been eliminated from the playoff picture this year - for Herbert to throw five touchdown passes and pass Baker Mayfield for the most passing touchdowns by a rookie quarterback. 

Herbert has 23 passing touchdowns so far this season. 

In Mayfield’s rookie season, he threw 27 passing touchdowns. 

It is very doable to break that record with the streak Herbert has been on.

Los Angeles faces Atlanta, at Las Vegas, Denver and at Kansas City. 

Despite the Chargers’ inability to close out games, Herbert’s arm has been a bright spot in L.A. He is the eleventh ranked passing quarterback this season completing 64.8% of his passes, throwing for 3,224 yards and averaging 7.1 yards per pass. 

Herbert will have the opportunity to break Mayfield’s record and maybe then some these next three weeks. Atlanta’s passing defense is third to last in the NFL in passing yards allowed (285.3) while giving up 25.2 points per game. Denver’s defense is giving up 26.7 points per game and Las Vegas’ defense is giving up 28.9 points per game.


The Chargers and Falcons kickoff at 1:25 p.m. (PT) at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California on Sunday.