Justin Herbert throws a career-high four TD passes, but still searching for first win with the Los Angeles Chargers

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Justin Herbert did everything he could to help the Los Angeles Chargers snap a losing streak and post his first NFL win Monday night.

The rookie quarterback threw a career-high four touchdown passes. His last scoring pass was a big-time 64-yard strike for a go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter. He also drove the Chargers down the field and put them in position to kick a game-winning field goal with less than one minute remaining in the fourth quarter.

But these are the Chargers, who cannot get out of their own way and have struggled to win close games. They blew a 17-point lead for the second consecutive week, missed the game-winning field goal as time expired in regulation and lost 30-27 in overtime to the New Orleans Saints.

“Losing’s tough. It always is,” Herbert told reporters after the game. “I know we’re really close. I know if we keep working hard and doing the right things, good things will happen. I love the way this team battles.”

Herbert’s first three touchdown passes of 17, 4 and 3 yards powered the Chargers to a 20-3 lead in the second quarter. His fourth scoring was a 64-yard pass to Mike Williams that gave the Chargers a 27-20 lead with 3:40 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Herbert, who completed 20-of-34 passes for 264 yards with no interceptions in the game, has now thrown seven touchdown passes in his last two games and nine scoring passes this season.

“I thought he executed. Made some good plays,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn told reporters after the game. “But we didn’t win the game, so I’m not excited about complimenting anybody, to be honest. But I thought the kid did some good things.”

The Saints’ tied the game 27-27 with a touchdown, and Herbert and


Cardinals’ Kyler Murray throws for career-high 380 yards in win over Jets

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When Chase Edmonds heard the number, he wanted to double check. 

“You said he threw for 380?” he asked. “I didn’t know that. That’s a sneaky 380.”

Quarterback Kyler Murray did indeed throw for 380 yards, a career high, in the Cardinals’ 30-10 win over the Jets on Sunday. He did so connecting with nine different receivers, completing 27 of 37 passes with one touchdown and one interception. 

Three of the Cardinals’ four touchdowns came on the ground on a day where the team had 496 net yards on offense. DeAndre Hopkins led all receivers, gobbling up 131 receiving yards on just six catches. He surpassed 9,000 career yards Sunday, the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to reach that mark.

A 37-yard touchdown pass to Hopkins came on the same drive where the wide receiver had a 45-yard catch. With just one defender on him, Hopkins was rightfully confident. 

“I like my odds, and I was telling Kyler, ‘Just trust me,’ ” Hopkins said. “I just told him to give me a chance, and let’s work on some things.”

Any slight tweaks by Hopkins and Murray are building off of an already high standard. In three of his five games as Cardinal, Hopkins has had 130 receiving yards or more.

“That one to D-Hop, I didn’t even know if he was gonna catch it,” Murray said. “He shows you time and time again why he’s the best in the league.”

Murray connected early with Christian Kirk. The two have looked comfortable together since Murray entered the league, but Kirk still said Sunday felt like a breakthrough. Kirk finished with 78 yards on five catches, second-most on the team. 

“You can just kind of tell when your guys are feeling it,” Murray