The LA Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs square off in the first Thursday Night Football game on Amazon Prime and it should be a highly entertaining game for NFL fans to watch.
Every Chargers-Chiefs game has been highly competitive since Justin Herbert became the starting quarterback in Los Angeles. Outside of Week 17 in 2020 when the Chiefs sat every starter, every game has been a one-score game with both of the Chiefs' wins in that four-game span being in overtime.
We already gave our predictions against the spread and over/under (spoiler: hammer the under) and now it is time to give out some prop bets for Thursday Night Football that we think are winners.
Best prop bets for Thursday Night Football between the Chargers and Chiefs:
Before we give out the picks, it is important to note that all odds are courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook and reflect the odds at the time of writing.
1. Travis Kelce prop bet: UNDER 80.5 receiving yards (-113)
The best prop bet to hammer during Thursday Night Football is Travis Kelce's under for his receiving yards. While Kelce is now absolutely the best weapon that the Chiefs have, he is also coming up against a not-so-favorable matchup in Week 2.
The Chargers have a Travis Kelce stopper in Derwin James. James has arguably had more success against Kelce than any other defensive back has had in the league. The difference between James being on the field and off the field are massive in this particular matchup.
Derwin James played every single snap in Week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders and is completely healthy. As long as he plays every snap in this game as well, it is going to be very hard for Kelce to finish with 81 or more receiving yards.
2. Austin Ekeler prop bet: UNDER 53.5 rushing yards (-113)
While plenty of Austin Ekeler fantasty owners are going to hope I am wrong on this one, all signs are pointing to Ekeler hitting the under on his rushing yards prop. Ekeler finished with only 36 yards in Week 1 as the Chargers have a deeper running back room that they look to utilize.
Brandon Staley is big on keeping players healthy and limiting Ekeler is part of that workload. Plus, offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi admitted he was too conservative in Week 1, so expect a change in the other direction in this game.
Ekeler played 58% of snaps in Week 1 last season and that dropped to 49% in Week 1 last week despite the Chargers running the ball so much. Expect Ekeler's snap count to hover around 50%, limiting his rushing totals.
3. Josh Palmer prop bet: Anytime touchdown scorer (+270)
If you are looking for a prop with plus odds I would lean towards Josh Palmer scoring a touchdown in this game. The Chargers will be without Keenan Allen in this game and Palmer is the best direct replacement for Allen in the offensive scheme.
Mike Williams will run most of his route tree in this game while Palmer will likely get the other outside receiver role with DeAndre Carter filling in the slot. With so much attention on Williams in the endzone, Palmer will get open looks.
Palmer went off in the lone game that Allen missed last season. It was Palmer's best game of his rookie season as he finished with five catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. Palmer has scored a touchdown in 50% of his last six games played, so after not catching one in Week 1, he is due.
If you wanted to have fun and utilize FanDuel's same game parlay, you could combine these three props for +1214 odds.