Kansas City Chiefs vs LA Chargers What to Watch – Playcalling
Here’s where things could get interesting. Henne has already addressed that the game plan will not change. Will we honestly see Henne pass the ball as many times as we would see with Mahomes?
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Reid and Eric Bieniemy will likely water down the same playbook with the plays still looking the same, but with less vertical plays than we’d see with Mahomes and Tyreek Hill in the game. If they do keep it the same, this will be a real test to see if Henne could handle the offense if the worst happens for the Chiefs.
The Chargers will certainly be aggressive on Sunday. They have their star quarterback and this is his chance to show off against what’s surely going to be a bitter rival for the Oregon product. The Chargers have been a lot more vertical on offense since the start of Herbert this year. Even with this game not having playoff implications, the Chargers want momentum heading into the offseason.
There will also be fewer sightings of punters and kickers on 4th and short. The Chiefs won’t be as aggressive on this. They might be testing their backups, but it never hurts to keep your special teams ready.
The LA Chargers, however, have nothing to lose and will take risks to win. This will mean our defense could be defending all four downs instead of down. This won’t be on every 4th down or even every 4th and short, but if you find yourself asking if they should go for it or not, they probably will.
What will you be watching for Chiefs Kingdom?