Patrick Mahomes will not play in Week 17 for the reason that Chiefs have all the things locked up within the AFC.
Kansas Metropolis (14-1) clinched the No. 1 seed within the AFC in Week 16 with a win, that means there’s nothing to play for in Week 17 in opposition to the Chargers. Andy Reid introduced Wednesday that Mahomes would certainly sit out Kansas Metropolis’s remaining common season sport, doubtlessly locking up the NFL MVP award for Aaron Rodgers.
Beginning in Mahomes’ place can be veteran quarterback Chad Henne. The final sport Henne began got here in 2014 for Jacksonville.
“I feel he’s excited,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters of Henne. “He’s all in. It’s an awesome alternative for him.”
Why is Patrick Mahomes sitting out Week 17?
The Chiefs have locked up all the things attainable by means of 16 weeks. They gained the AFC West division. They secured a first-round bye within the playoffs, this yr by clinching the No. 1 seed for the AFC’s solely bye within the expanded playoff area.
It doesn’t matter what Kansas Metropolis does Sunday, it will possibly’t change its playoff outlook from a seeding perspective. Solely unfavorable issues may occur, like a Mahomes damage.
Resting Mahomes in Week 17 offers him two weeks off if you add within the first-round bye within the playoffs, however Reid has constantly rested key gamers on this state of affairs prior to now, and Week 17 of 2020 can be no completely different.
Who’s the Chiefs’ backup quarterback?
The Chiefs’ backup quarterback is Chad Henne. Henne, a second-round select of Michigan in 2008, joined the Chiefs for the 2018 season after enjoying for the Dolphins and the Jaguars.
Henne has by no means began a sport for Kansas Metropolis. He is made three appearances general, finishing 7-of-9 passes for 59 yards in a Chiefs uniform.
The final begin of Henne’s profession was on Sept. 21, 2014 for the Jaguars. Total, he is began 53 instances in his NFL profession and has an 18-35 report as a starter with 58 landing passes and 63 interceptions.
Henne will doubtless be backed up in Week 17 by Matt Moore, who’s served as Mahomes’ backup prior to now however is at present on the observe squad. Mahomes needs to be inactive in order that even when Henne will get harm, the Chiefs aren’t pressured to make use of their celebrity.