Justin Herbert vs. Joe Burrow is the Week 1 matchup we deserved to see.
Instead, veteran Tyrod Taylor received the starting nod for the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, and it went as many foreshadowed: Taylor struggled.
The veteran was 16-of-30 for 208 yards on the night, scoring zero touchdowns and recording a 75.4 quarterback rating.
Even the rook, Burrow, showed off his squeaky wheels in the Week 1 duel. He hauled in his first-career touchdown all by himself on a 23-yard run.
Chargers fans were upset with Taylor’s performance. Many called upon Herbert, the team’s sixth-overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, to take over the helm as QB1.
Herbert's former Oregon teammate Jordon Scott was not having it.
The Chargers turned to the run in the second half, and momentum quickly shifted for LA, who took a 16-13 lead with 8:56 remaining in the fourth. Burrow marched his Bengals down to the red zone for the game-tying field goal, but his kicker missed the 31-yarder.
Ultimately, the Chargers fended off Burrow & Co., and Cincinnati suffered its first loss of the young NFL season.
Luckily for Taylor, the Bolts are off to 1-0 start. Beware though, abysmal performances will only get you so far. If Taylor doesn’t kick it into gear in Week 2, it’s very possible Coach Anthony Lynn could call on his QB of the future for a promotion.