The LA Chargers can make it four wins in a row vs. Kansas City. How can they finish the season strong against the resting Chiefs?
A four game winning streak was hard to imagine when the team was at 3-9. Now, they only need to win one more game to do it. After close wins vs. Las Vegas and Denver, the LA Chargers face the juggernaut Chiefs in the season finale.
Well…maybe not quite the juggernaut they usually are. Andy Reid announced the team will start backup Chad Henne in Week 17. With the AFC’s first seed locked up, there’s no reason to put Patrick Mahomes out on the field.
Mahomes likely won’t be alone in resting this week. Reid has been coy about which other starters will rest, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Tyreek Hill, Le’Veon Bell, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Mike Remmers, and Sammy Watkins are all out or questionable.
As Anthony Lynn said though, it’s still a 50+ man roster. The Chiefs can’t rest everyone and will still field a competitive team, especially considering the numerous injuries the Chargers have.
1. Get Mike Williams involved early and often
In the last few years, the Chiefs have had problems dealing with Mike Williams. Last year, Williams had 11 receptions for 114 yards against Kansas City.
In 2018, Williams ate Kansas City up in both games with multiple touchdowns and 150+ receiving yards. The Chiefs’ defense has improved since the Orlando Scandrick era, but Williams can still be a matchup nightmare if used properly.
That’s why it was a little weird when Williams had just two receptions for 14 yards in the first game against the Chiefs this season. At the same time, that was also Justin Herbert‘s first start when he was thrown into the fire following Tyrod Taylor‘s pneumothorax. His passing tendencies are quite a bit different 15 weeks later.
Williams hasn’t gotten terribly active in some games this year much to the disappointment of some fans expecting another 1000 yard season. This is a golden opportunity to finish the season strong with one last receiving performance minus Keenan Allen. It wouldn’t surprise me if Williams has a similar stat line to his Saints game earlier this season.
When he’s been targeted more frequently, KC’s secondary has had trouble dealing with #81’s size and jump ball ability. The Chargers should test that early and often in this one, especially with Allen on the COVID-19 List.