Best NFL player prop for TNF Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers: Time for some touchdowns

Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker (7) sets for a kickoff against the Buffalo Bills in the second quarter at Bills Stadium.
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More commonly known as @PropBetGuy on Twitter, Doug Carter has been crunching the numbers on player props for years. He's also a staunch defender of future Hall of Famer, Eli Manning.

We’ve entered the 4th quarter of the 2021 NFL season – the witching hour, if you will (shout out to Scott Hanson and NFL Red Zone). For playoff aspiring teams, every game from here on out is of the utmost importance. And Thursday night’s AFC West battle between the Chiefs and Chargers is no exception. Before I get to my player prop of the game, be sure to check out our full game picks and analysis and same game parlay.

With these teams battling it out for divisional supremacy, it presented a challenge on the player prop front. Both teams’ offenses are so high-powered, it can be difficult to isolate the players that will shine through. So, I’m taking a bit of a different approach with my best bet of the night.

Harrison Butker (KC) over 2.5 extra points made (-125)

Line available at DraftKings at time of publishing. 

While technically a player prop, this bet is clearly more team focused. In order for Butker to have the opportunity to kick PATs, the Chiefs need to score touchdowns.

However, I’ll quickly touch on the Chiefs’ kicker. Throughout his five year career, he has converted 94% of his extra point attempts, including 95% this season. In fact, Butker is the second most accurate kicker in NFL history, trailing only Justin Tucker. In Los Angeles tonight, the kicking conditions should be ideal – so I have full faith in Butker.

But again, this play comes down to the Chiefs getting into the end zone.

Kansas City’s offense

The Chiefs have scored at least 3 touchdowns in 7 of their 13 games. However, after a midseason cold streak, the offense seems to have taken a turn for the better. Patrick Mahomes and company dropped 48 points on the Raiders last week, in a convincing win. Over the last 4 weeks, the Chiefs offense ranks 6th in Football Outsider’s DVOA.

And for what it’s worth, the Chiefs rarely go for two-point conversions. In fact, they rank tied for last in the NFL in total two-point conversions attempted.

Los Angeles’s defense

The Chargers have allowed the 6th most touchdowns per game to their opponents (3.0). In fact, they have allowed at least 3 touchdowns in each of their last 9 games. Defensively, Los Angeles ranks 20th in total DVOA, 25th in red zone DVOA, and 27th in goal-to-go DVOA.

The Chiefs put up 24 points against the Chargers in their Week 3 matchup, despite 4 turnovers (3 deep in Chargers’ territory).

Overall

This game not only has the highest total of the week (52.5 as of publishing) but also ranks at the top of projected pace. I’m expecting some offensive firepower from both teams, with plenty of PATs to be attempted. I have the Chiefs scoring 4 touchdowns tonight, with Butker converting each of those extra points.

Check out our full game analysis of Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers.

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