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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 Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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5. Make aggressive calls to offset deficiencies

Beyond the real Xs and Os of this game, let’s get down to brass tacks. The Chargers are heading in to the season finale with a great rookie quarterback, coaching staff on the hot seat, and a skeleton squad. That’s the reality. If they’re going to win this game, they need to be aggressive to offset all of the missing pieces.

Go for it on reasonable 4th down distance. Draw up a solid passing plays that can convert. Break out some trick plays. Heck, Gus Bradley may have to send the blitz a little more often if he wants to keep his job.

Truly, there is nothing to lose for the parties involved here. With all of their injuries, I don’t think the Chargers can win this as currently constructed without finding other advantages.

That one extra 4th down conversion or that one trick play could truly be the difference between the injured Chargers beating a resting Chiefs squad.

Next. Draft implications of a Week 17 W or L

There is no playing not to lose here. It’s the last game of the season as the coaching staff potentially stares down the unemployment line. I get what Lynn and the staff normally try to do in their approach, but conservative play isn’t an option with the Chargers limping heavily into this one if they want any chance to beat Andy Reid.

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