Chargers can’t be considered AFC favorites after blowout loss to Ravens, but are still conference contenders

Oct 17, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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BALTIMORE — Justin Herbert hasn’t struggled much in his short NFL career, becoming the main cog toward the Los Angeles Chargers emerging into an AFC power over the last several weeks. Herbert and the Chargers faced a cruel reality check in Sunday’s beatdown by the Baltimore Ravens.

The Chargers still have a long way to go.

Los Angeles was beaten in all three phases of the game by Baltimore, a surprising result considering the Chargers stood tall with the AFC powers through five games — and came out on top. A road win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3 showcased Los Angeles was going to compete for the division title, while a Week 5 win over the Cleveland Browns proved the Chargers were a contender for the AFC title.

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