Christmas Day brings a matchup between a couple of long-time AFC West rivals as the Las Vegas Raiders take on the Kansas City Chiefs. This Week 16 contest should add even more fuel to the rivalry as the Raiders are officially eliminated from playoff contention with a loss but a win will take the Chiefs out of contention for the one seed in the conference.
Kickoff is set for 10:00 a.m. PT and the game will air on CBS. Below is a look at Silver and Black Pride’s best prop bets. The odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Raiders vs. Chiefs Best Prop Bets
Raiders, 1st Quarter moneyline (+185)
The last time these teams played in Week 12, Las Vegas came out of the gates firing. They scored on their opening drive and were up 14-0 at the beginning of the second quarter. So, we know they’re capable of jumping out to an early lead against the Chiefs, and the Raiders have more time to prepare for this game after playing on Thursday night last week.
Also, I think the early kickoff for a game on Christmas Day favors the road team as there should be fewer distractions from the game since the players will be further away from their families. That’s not to say that’s a good thing, but it is something to consider when it comes to prop bets/how the game might start.
Jerick McKinnon or Jakobi Meyers, throw a passing TD (+1600)
To be honest, the biggest reason why I like this bet is because the potential payout is so high. Andy Reid likes to dial up a trick play against the Raiders and The Athletic’s Vic Tafur even asked Antonio Pierce about preparing for those calls, and Pierce said in his reply that Kansas City has “a million of them”. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Jerick McKinnon will be involved, but he does have a passing touchdown this year and was a quarterback in college at Georgia Southern.
The Raiders’ offensive play-calling has also been more creative since interim offensive coordinator Bo Hardegree took over. Hardegree has used Jakobi Meyers in a quarterback-type role in a lot of those gimmicks as the wideout has three passing attempts this season, including a touchdown toss to Davante Adams last week. Meyers also was a quarterback in high school and switched positions during his second year at NC State.
So, while there’s a good amount of risk involved in this bet, the payout is huge and we’ve seen both players throw a touchdown this season.
Raiders, over 1.5 touchdowns (-105)
Yes, the Raiders did get shutout two weeks ago, but they’re also coming off of a performance where they scored nine times. Also, as mentioned above, they were able to get two touchdowns early on against Kansas City last month.
While the Chiefs’ defense has been good this year, the last time they kept an opponent out of the end zone more than once was in Week 6 against a Denver Broncos team that was struggling to find its identity in the first half of the season.