Justin Herbert of the Chargers makes NFL history against the Raiders in “Monday Night Football” – .

Justin Herbert of the Chargers makes NFL history against the Raiders in “Monday Night Football” – .

Justin Herbert’s rapid success is now part of NFL history. In Monday night’s game against the Raiders, Herbert became the first Super Bowl-era quarterback to complete 500 passes before his 20th start, according to NFL Research.

Herbert – who made his 19th NFL start on Monday night – completed his 500th pass on a 4-yard connection to Jared Cook with 1:32 left in the second quarter. The completion helped set up Herbert’s third touchdown pass, as Los Angeles took a 21-0 halftime reading on the visiting Raiders.

Reigning AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year, Herbert entered Monday night’s game with six touchdowns and three interceptions this season. After throwing more interceptions than touchdowns in the first two games of the season, Herbert threw four touchdowns in the Chargers’ Week 3 win over the Chiefs. It was Herbert’s second straight win over the Chiefs after throwing for 302 yards and three scores in last season’s Week 17 win at Kansas City.

Herbert and his teammates find themselves in the thick of it in what is perhaps the most difficult division in the AFC. Derek Carr and the Raiders entered Monday night’s game with a 3-0 record. Denver suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday, while the Chiefs hit back at 0.500 after beating the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday. Los Angeles are chasing their first playoff spot since 2018, when they qualified for the divisional round before losing to future Super Bowl champions the Patriots.

In his second season, Herbert is already seventh in franchise history for career passing yards. On Monday night, Herbert passed Jack Kemp for sixth place in franchise history in career touchdowns. Herbert entered Monday’s game 704 yards behind Kemp for sixth on the franchise’s career pass list.


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