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LA Chargers: Five keys to beating the resting Chiefs

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 25: Chad Henne #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Denver Broncos during a game at Empower Field at Mile High on October 25, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 25: Chad Henne #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball for a fourth quarter touchdown against the Denver Broncos during a game at Empower Field at Mile High on October 25, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

2. Some semblance of pressure on Chad Henne?

Chad Henne will start in an NFL game for the first time in three years. Who knows what we’re really getting with him after having not played for so long?

The Chargers actually did pretty well when it came to pressuring Mahomes in Week 2. Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa were excelling of the edge while Jerry Tillery and others brought some big hits down the middle.

Safe to say, that isn’t the state of the defensive line coming into this game. No Bosa, no Ingram, and a version of Tillery that simply doesn’t match what he was in the first half of the season. Uchenna Nwosu‘s season is over before this game as well.

That being said…it’s Henne. A 35 year old who hasn’t played serious snaps in three years should be easier to rattle than a former MVP.

Isaac Rochell, Tillery, and others have to step up so Linval Joseph isn’t doing it all by himself. This may as well be another audition game when it comes to cracking a spot on the roster next season. Jesse Lemonier and Joe Gaziano probably see some of the field in this one.

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