- The Chiefs are four-point home favorites over the Chargers on Thursday Night Football
- Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL with 360 passing yards and 5 TD passes
- A look at some of the Chargers vs Chiefs props available can be found below with predictions
The Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes host the Los Angeles Chargers and Justin Herbert on Thursday Night Football at 8:15 pm ET at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs beat the Arizona Cardinals 44-21 in their opener last Sunday as Mahomes threw for 360 yards and five touchdowns, the top figures in the NFL in Week 1. Herbert had 279 passing yards and three TDs to lead the Chargers over the Las Vegas Raiders 24-19.
Chargers vs Chiefs Player Props
|Passer||Completions||Passing Yards||Passing TDs|
|Justin Herbert (LAC)||25.5 (O -105 | U -125)||282.5 (O -120 | U -110)||1.5 (O -225 | U +165)|
|Patrick Mahomes (KC)||OFF||299.5 (O -120) | U -110)||2.5 (O +105 | U -140)|
|Rusher||Rushing Attempts||Rushing Yards||Rushing + Receiving Yards|
|Austin Ekeler (LAC)||12.5 (O -135 | U +100)||54.5 (O -115 | U -115)||95.5 (O -115 | U -110)|
|Justin Herbert (LAC)||OFF||13.5 (O -115) | U -115)||OFF|
|Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC)||OFF||45.5 (O -115) | U -110)||66.5 (O -115 | U -115)|
|Patrick Mahomes (KC)||OFF||18.5 (O -115) | U -110)||OFF|
|Receiver||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Longest Reception|
|Austin Ekeler (LAC)||4.5 (O -110 | U -120)||37.5 (O -115 | U -115)||15.5 (O -110 | U -120)|
|Travis Kelce (KC)||7.5 (O +115 | U -155)||78.5 (O -115 | U -110)||22.5 (O -115 | U -110)|
|JuJu Smith-Schuster (KC)||5.5 (O +100 | U -135)||57.5 (O -110 | U -115)||20.5 (O -110 | U -120)|
|Marquez Valdes-Scantling (KC)||3.5 (O -120 | U -110)||46.5 (O -115 | U -115)||21.5 (O -120 | U -110)|
|Mecole Hardman (KC)||3.5 (O -125 | U -105)||35.5 (O -115 | U -110)||17.5 (O -115 | U -115)|
|Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC)||OFF||16.5 (O -115 | U -110)||10.5 (O -105 | U -125)|
|Jerick McKinnon (KC)||OFF||16.5 (O -110 | U -115)||10.5 (O -110 | U -120)|
Odds as of September 14th at BetMGM
The betting lines have Herbert lined at 1.5 TD passes, while Mahomes is listed at 2.5. Austin Ekeler has the highest rushing total and Travis Kelce has the highest receiving yardage total.
Prop #1: JuJu Smith-Schuster Receptions
JuJu Smith-Schuster signed with the Chiefs in the offseason as a free agent after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The veteran wide receiver and Mahomes seem to be developing chemistry quite quickly.
Mahomes, who is a +500 favorite in the NFL MVP odds, targeted Smith-Schuster eight times last week. That was the second-most among the Chiefs behind tight end Travis Kelce’s nine.
JuJu Smith-Schuster had five targets 10+ yards downfield in his Chiefs' debut on Sunday.
He hit that mark just three times over the past three seasons (35 games).
2020 WC vs CLE – 10
2019 W8 vs MIA – 7
2020 W7 @ TEN – 5 pic.twitter.com/hKJdXR8uKi
— Mike Kennedy (@MikeKennedyNFL) September 14, 2022
Smith-Schuster caught six of those passes for 79 yards.
Last season, Smith-Schuster had just 15 catches in five games because of injury. However, in 2020, he had 97 receptions on 111 targets for the Steelers and had a 111-catch season in 2018.
Thus, Smith-Schuster is capable of being a high-volume receiver. He looks like a good bet against the Chargers, who allowed the Raiders’ Davante Adams to have 10 receptions for 141 yards and a TD last week
- Pick: JuJu Smith-Schuster Over 5.5 Receptions (+100); 1 unit
Prop #2: Kelce Is Mr Reliable
Chiefs seven-time Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce shows no signs of slowing down at age 32. He was again a big part of the offense in Week 1.
Kelce led the Chiefs with eight receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. It marked the 30th 100-yard game of his career. Just two tight ends in NFL history have more, Rob Gronkowski (32) and Tony Gonzalez (31).
— NFL (@NFL) September 13, 2022
Furthermore, Kelce has caught a pass in 128 consecutive games. That is three short of the Chiefs’ record set by Gonzalez.
The Chargers held Raiders tight end Darren Waller to four receptions, but he had 79 yards for an average of 19.8 a catch.
Look for Kelce to put up a big yardage number in this matchup in your Chargers vs Chiefs picks.
- Pick: Travis Kelce Over 78.5 Receiving Yards (-115); 1 unit
Chargers vs Chiefs Touchdown Scorer Odds
|Player||Odds to Score 1st TD||Odds to Score Any TD|
|Austin Ekeler (LAC)||+410||-180|
|Travis Kelce (KC)||+460||-160|
|JuJu Smith-Schuster (KC)||+650||+126|
|Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC)||+675||+145|
|Mike Williams (LAC)||+700||+123|
|Mecole Hardman (KC)||+950||+175|
|Marquez Valdes-Scantling (KC)||+950||+170|
|Gerald Everett (LAC)||+1000||+185|
|Joshua Palmer (LAC)||+1000||+180|
|Jerick McKinnon (KC)||+1500||+320|
Both Ekeler and Kelce are listed as odds-on favorites to be anytime touchdown scorers in the odds above.
While Smith-Schuster has quickly become a favorite target of Mahomes, Kelce remains the Chiefs’ money receiver.
Kelce had a touchdown catch of 9 yards to open the scoring last week. He also had a combined 20 scoring receptions in 2020 and 2021. Look for Mahomes to establish Kelce early again.
The Chargers will be a bit limited in the passing game with wide receiver Keenan Allen sidelined with a hamstring injury for a second straight week. Thus, look for running back Ekeler to, as usual, get plenty of touches.
Most Rec TD among RB since 2019:
Austin Ekeler 18
Aaron Jones 11
Alvin Kamara 11 pic.twitter.com/aaBsQ0k52q
— Pinhead Sports® (@_PinheadSports) September 6, 2022
Ekeler has scored in three straight games against the Chiefs so should be considered in your Chargers vs Chiefs props for touchdown scores.
- Travis Kelce first touchdown scorer (+460); 1 unit
- Austin Ekeler anytime touchdown scorer (-180); 1 unit
Last week’s TNF record: 2-2; -0.05 units
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