Some good news for Chargers: They’re big favorites to win in Week 11

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold looks to pass against the Chiefs on Nov. 1.
(Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

The Chargers began Week 11 in a very unusual position. As favorites.

They opened as a 10½-point pick over the hapless New York Jets for the game Sunday at SoFi Stadium.

The Chargers (2-7) have dropped seven of eight since winning their season opener at Cincinnati. Their other victory came over the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are 1-8.


At 0-9, the Jets are the NFL’s only remaining winless team.

“We have seven games left,” coach Anthony Lynn said Sunday after the Chargers’ 29-21 loss at Miami. “We’ll find out what we’re made of. Character’s always revealed in these situations.”

The Justin Herbert vs. Tua Tagovailoa duel never materializes, but special-teams miscues cost the Chargers in a 29-21 loss at Miami as a sour streak continues.

The Chargers and their fans have grown increasingly frustrated as a season that has produced Justin Herbert has netted very few other positives. While showing himself to be a possible generational talent, Herbert is 1-7 as the starting quarterback.

“We want to win for our fans,” Lynn said. “There’s no doubt about that. And we’re not getting it done. We’re as frustrated as anybody. Don’t think that we’re not trying to turn this around.”

After meeting the Jets, the Chargers play at Buffalo. The Bills (7-3) lead the AFC East.

Then the Chargers have a pair of home games against New England (4-5), which has won two in a row and just beat Baltimore, and Atlanta (3-6), which has won three of four.

The Chargers finish the season with three straight against the AFC West. They’ve lost nine division games in a row.

“It stings right now,” tight end Hunter Henry said Sunday. “It hurts, obviously, but you see a lot of talent in this room. You see a lot of grit. You see a lot of toughness.”