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Week 2 Player Props for Thursday Night; Mahomes, Herbert Lead Chiefs, Chargers Bets

NFL bettors are expecting a high-scoring game between Kansas City and Los Angeles which bodes well for these player props.

Thursday night’s showdown between the Chargers and Chiefs is one of the most anticipated games of the season and for good reason.

Related: Chargers vs. Chiefs "Thursday Night Football" Prediction and Preview

Duels between Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes, two of the best young quarterbacks in the league, have already become the stuff of legend. And thankfully, we get to see them go to battle twice a year. Herbert is 2-2 in his career against the Chiefs but 1-2 head-to-head against Mahomes.

This is a game of outsized importance for the AFC West standings and MVP race with fantasy football intrigue up and down both rosters. That said, which player props are worth targeting in this star-studded matchup? Let’s get into it.

Patrick Mahomes Over 295.5 Passing Yards (-114)

Mahomes threw for a league-high 360 yards last week against the Cardinals and that was with Kansas City leading the entire game. The game script against the Chargers, which has the highest point total of the week (54.5) and a close spread (Chiefs -4.5), should result in Mahomes airing the ball out. The recent history between these two teams suggests as much. Mahomes threw for 410, 260 and 302 yards and attempted at least 44 passes in each of the last three meetings. Banking on him to hit 300 is not necessarily a big ask, especially a week after Derek Carr threw for 295 yards on the Chargers secondary.

I’d also consider betting on Mahomes to go over 2.5 passing touchdowns (+112). He threw for five scores last week and had three touchdowns in both games against L.A. last season.

Justin Herbert Over 37.5 Pass Attempts (-122)

Herbert threw the second-most passes in the NFL a season ago for an average of 39.5 attempts per game. He had just 34 attempts last week against the Raiders, but that was a contest L.A. led by two scores midway through the third quarter. If the Chiefs get out to a lead or these offenses start trading scores, Herbert could easily eclipse 40 attempts, which he did six times last season. He threw 38 passes in each game against Kansas City last season and he may have to air the ball out often as a road underdog, especially given the lack of production the Chargers had last week in the run game.

Travis Kelce Over 80.5 Receiving Yards (-114)

Kelce led the Chiefs in targets last week with nine and there’s no reason that should change in this important divisional game. With Tyreek Hill gone, Kelce is the unquestioned top option for Mahomes and he delivered once again last week with eight catches for 121 yards and a score. Two of Kelce’s best games last season came against Los Angeles: seven catches for 101 yards in the first meeting and 10 for 191 and two touchdowns in the second. Kelce has gone over this total in four of his last six games against the Chargers and the early returns on what this offense looks like without Hill showed how dominant he will be this year.

Austin Ekeler Under 53.5 Rushing Yards (-114)

Ekeler had an uncharacteristically poor showing on the ground against the Raiders. He carried the ball 14 times for 36 yards and overall accounted for less than half of the team’s 31 carries and he shouldn’t expect more opportunities on the ground this week in a potential shootout. Plus, Kansas City’s front line limited James Conner to 26 yards on 10 carries last week, a bad sign for Ekeler and Sony Michel. Granted, Ekeler has gone over this total in three of the last four games against the Chiefs including both contests last season, but I wouldn’t bank on a larger rushing output given how Week 1 went.