Kansas City Chiefs: Three things to watch vs Chargers in Week 17

Center Austin Reiter #62 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes the ball past nose tackle Derrick Nnadi #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Kansas City Chiefs vs LA Chargers What to Watch – Can Henne Keep Up with Herbert?

Henne is not Mahomes. He does not have Mahomes’ arm strength or playmaking abilities. What Henne does have, however, is experience. He has been in the league for over 10 years and has played for three different teams. This will translate into Henne being able to read defenses, take care of the ball, and keep the Chiefs in the game.

This will be Henne’s first start in six years and that’s where we could see some major issues. Even Drew Brees showed rust after coming back from injury to play against the Chiefs a couple of weeks ago. Now compare missing a few games to a few years. Henne has seen some time on the field with a handful of passing attempts since that last start but he could have a slow start to this game as he gets a groove going.

Herbert will not have an issue this Sunday, as he has been showing the league just how NFL ready he is. He couldn’t take the Chargers to the playoffs but he broke a record trying. Herbert broke the NFL record for most passing touchdowns in a season for a rookie quarterback with 28 and counting. He continues to be a playmaker for the LA offense.

If the Chiefs do keep most of the defensive starters on the bench, it will be a rough game for KC. Henne will not be able to win a shootout with Herbert, meaning Andy Reid will have to win another way.