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
Ray Parks turned in the second 40-point game of the PBA bubble by shining in a career night for TNT, which cruised past Terrafima, 112-101, in the 2020 Philippine Cup Tuesday at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga.
After missing the Tropang Giga’s opening night due to a calf strain, Parks looked refreshed and scored on an array of layups, jumpers and threes to wind up with a personal-best 40 points on 13-for-18 shooting from the field. He also hit 7-of-9 triples and added 10 rebounds, five dimes, a steal and a block in his finest game in TNT uniform so far.
“I just want to show the hard work that I put in and the team has put in. To be honest, I’m tired of being forgotten. I feel like I’ve been slept on,” Parks said during the walk-off interview. “So I just wanted to use this time to really just showcase my game and all the hard work I’ve been putting in and I’m just glad my teammates trust me enough to put the ball in my hands and just lead.”
Parks’ explosion was a welcome sight for TNT — now up 2-0 in the standings — after Roger Pogoy, who fired 45 huge points in the team’s season-opening win, cooled down and finished with just 11 on 4-for-15 shots. Behind the 27-year-old sophomore, TNT stayed in control all game and never trailed.
The Tropang Giga pulled away in the second quarter, when it used an 11-0
Murray completed 27 of 37 passes for a career-high 380 yards and one touchdown with one interception, adding 31 rushing yards and a TD on nine carries, in Sunday’s 30-10 win over the Jets.
The Cardinals found the end zone in every quarter as Murray kept the offense humming, capping his afternoon with two long bombs to DeAndre Hopkins that accounted for 82 yards and a TD. Murray is only the third quarterback in history to throw for at least five touchdowns and run for at least five touchdowns through his team’s first five games of the season, joining Cam Newton and Kordell Stewart. He should be able to pad those totals significantly in Week 6 against a reeling Cowboys defense.
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
Lamb caught eight of 11 targets for a career-high 124 yards in Sunday’s 37-34 win over the Giants.
The rookie was Dak Prescott’s favorite target through the early part of the game, and no other Cowboys’ receiver ended the afternoon with more than four targets. However, after Prescott left in the third quarter with a likely season-ending ankle injury and Andy Dalton took over under center, it was Michael Gallup who was on the end of two huge completions to set up the game-winning field goal. It remains to be seen what the Dallas passing game will look like with Dalton taking the reins, but Lamb should remain heavily involved heading into a Week 6 clash with Arizona.