The Denver Broncos will miss the playoffs again, but they still have something to play for this week. They can beat the Kansas City Chiefs for the first time since Week 2 of the 2015 season, which means they have lost 12 in a row in the series. Of course, the Broncos are heavy underdogs. BetRivers and DraftKings have them listed at +10.5 points.
The outcome is not the only thing fans can bet on, though. Sportsbooks are also offering several intriguing player props. The following are some of our favorites:
Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes passing yards O/U 273.5 (-115/-115 at DraftKings)
Since the Chiefs still have a shot at the No. 1 seed in the AFC, it is doubtful anyone sits out. However, with the playoffs right around the corner once the game is in hand, it would not be shocking to see Mahomes and other vital players get pulled.
However, the Broncos’ defense is still solid, but it would not be shocking if Mahomes did not play in the fourth quarter.
Patrick Mahomes passing touchdowns O/U 1.5 (-210/+170 at Caesars)
He did not have a passing touchdown the first time the Chiefs played the Broncos, but he has had at least two in the four games since. The Chiefs will be looking to put this one away as quickly as possible, which will mean letting Mahomes do what he does best. He’s probably good for at least two touchdowns in this game.
Kansas City WR Tyreek Hill receiving yards O/U 62.5 (-115/-115 at DraftKings)
His production has been all over the place this season. He had just two catches for 22 yards the first time the Chiefs played the Broncos. He has topped 100+ yards just three times this season, the most recently in Week 15 against the Chargers. Against the Steelers, in Week 16, he only had 19 yards, and last week against the Bengals, he had 60.
With Hill, however, there is the ever-present possibility he takes a short pass and turns it into a significant gain. So, there is certainly a possibility he has 63+ yards in this game, but there is also a chance the Chiefs feature other receivers and save him for the playoffs.
Kansas City WR Byron Pringle receiving yards O/U 35.5 (+110/-140 at Caesars)
Pringle might be the No. 2 receiver for the Chiefs, but he is the No. 3 option in the passing game behind Hill and Kelce. He has had less than 35.5 yards nine times this season, including last week when he had three catches for 35 yards. This week, however, he could see some additional targets since Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce will likely get pulled early.
Kansas City TE Travis Kelce receiving yards O/U 62.5 yards (-115/-115 at Caesars)
The Broncos’ defense had Kelce’s number a few weeks ago when it held him to three catches on eight targets and 27 yards. In his last three games, he had less than 30 yards receiving twice. In the other, he had 10 catches for 191 yards.
Like Hill, Kelce is a threat to turn every play into a big gain. However, you have to wonder if he will be in this game long enough to go for 63+ yards.
FanDuel Weekly Special
Patrick Mahomes To Throw 3+ TDs & Broncos RB Javonte Williams To Have 75+ yards — Yes +500
Mahomes had three touchdowns in two of his last three games and in seven total games this season. If the Chiefs try to put this one away quickly, they will be passing a lot. So, there is a good chance he ends the day with 3+ touchdowns. As for Williams, he ran for 102 yards a few weeks ago against Kansas City, but he was the primary running back in that game.
Since then, he has shared duties with Melvin Gordon III and has not gained more than 73 yards rushing. Unless Gordon sits (and he is not expected to), it is hard to see Williams gaining 75+ yards rushing.
DraftKings Weekly Special
Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce Over 199.5 Combined Receiving Yards — Yes +225
It sounds like a completely reasonable expectation for the pass-happy Chiefs, right? However, the duo has combined for 199.5+ only four times this season. It is doubtful they make it five times this week against a tough Denver defense and with the possibility neither play the whole game.