We are not going to see Patrick Mahomes on the field this Sunday, but at least Justin Herbert will be there for the Los Angeles Chargers. Projected to be one of the best quarterbacks in the future, Herbert will look to lead the Chargers past the Kansas City Chiefs on the road in Week 17. Will a Patrick Mahomes-less Chiefs take down the Chargers? Or will it be Herbert and company ending the regular season with a win?
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs Regular Season Week 17 Game on January 3, 2021
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
When: Sunday, January 3, 2021, 4:25 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Los Angeles Chargers (-3.5)
Regular Season Record: 6-9
The Chargers have a good one in Justin Herbert. Although they are not going to make the playoffs, the Chargers know that their future is bright with Herbert under center. The rookie out of the Oregon Ducks football program has led the Chargers to wins in all of their last three games, including last Sunday’s 19-16 home victory over the Denver Broncos. Since Week 14, Herbert has passed for 810 yards and five touchdowns against just an interception while also completing 72.48 percent of his pass attempts. He’ll likely be facing a lighter version of the Chiefs’ defense on Sunday, as Kansas City plans to rest some of its key players in preparation for the playoffs. Back in Week 2, the Chargers nearly defeated the Chiefs, 23-20, with Herbert making his first career pro start. Herbert had 311 passing yards and a touchdown with an interception on 22-of-33 completions and on short notice after Tyrod Taylor was ruled out of the game during warmups.
The over is 5-1 in the Chargers’ last six road games.
Betting on the Kansas City Chiefs (+3.5)
Regular Season Record: 14-1
The Chiefs will be resting Patrick Mahomes among other Kansas City players in Week 17. Instead, they will have Chad Henne taking snaps under center in the rematch with the Chargers. Henne has appeared in just two games so far this season, completing just five of six passes for 30 yards in those contests. The Chiefs, however, have a deep roster to still make the Chargers sweat. Guys like Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, and Darrell Williams are all talented offensive pieces who can make Henne’s life easier against the Chargers. Williams led the team with 46 rushing yards on just 10 carries in last Sunday’s 17-14 win at home over the Atlanta Falcons. Robinson had a touchdown in that game as well.
The Chiefs, who are averaging 30.1 points this season, are 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games at Arrowhead Stadium, dating back to January of this year.
The Chargers win, 24-20.
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