Prediction for matchup between Chargers, Chiefs in Week 17

Gavino Borquez
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The Los Angeles Chargers are set to face off against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 1:25 p.m. PT at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chargers are looking to secure their fourth consecutive victory with the hopes of carrying momentum into next season. Meanwhile, the Chiefs are using this game for backups to prove themselves to the coaching staff since the majority of their starters will be out.

Quarterback Justin Herbert will look to get revenge after giving he could the first time out. Herbert has thrown for 4,034 yards with 28 touchdowns, setting an NFL rookie record for TD passes in a season. He’s also set a rookie record with seven 300-yard passing games, and he needs 340 yards passing to break Andrew Luck’s rookie record of 4,374 yards.

On the other side, QB Chad Henne will make his first start since Week 2 of the 2014 season when he was with the Jaguars. Henne will be without key skill players like Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. However, he will likely benefit from coach Andy Reid calling the plays.

For Los Angeles, they want to snap a losing streak to Kansas City that’s currently at 10 games. Plus, some players and coaches, including Anthony Lynn, are looking to make a statement with their jobs on the line. For the Chiefs, they want to go 15-1 for the first time in franchise history.

Even though Kansas City will be resting their starters, it would be in typical L.A. fashion to lose this one due to poor game management, solidifying Lynn’s fate.

I expect Herbert to have a great game, not one where he surpasses Luck’s yardage record, but he will put up points. Kicker Harrison Butker hits the game-winning field goal to seal the deal.

I’ve got the Chiefs beating the Chargers by the score of 27-24.