Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs bet heavily against Chargers

The favorite Kansas City Chiefs saw most of the betting ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chiefs are the 4-point consensus favorites in Las Vegas sports betting after opening at -2½. BetMGM fell to -4½ on Thursday afternoon.

The total is 54, with the Westgate SuperBook at 53½ and Station Casinos up to 54½.

“Definitely way too much money,” Red Rock Resort sports betting manager Chuck Esposito said via text message. “Best case scenario is under. Need some chargers at this point.

Westgate SuperBook manager John Murray said savvy bettors were on the Chiefs at -3 (-120).

“A lot of the parlays go to the chiefs and the chiefs money line,” Murray said via text message. “The grip has been pretty solid. Especially on the player’s props. Lots of big name players in the game.”

Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce is 6-1 in the SuperBook to score the first touchdown, and Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is next at 7-1. Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the third pick at 8-1.

Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert’s gross passing yards are 283½, and his TD total is pegged at 1½. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes’ passing gross yards are 295½, and his total passing touchdowns is 2½ (under -140).

The Chiefs received 79% of the split tickets and 80% of the handful at BetMGM. The total opened at 54½ at BetMGM, and the most saw 67% of the tickets and 74% of the handle.

The Chargers are +170 on the money line after opening +145, and BetMGM reported that 43% of the tickets and 16% of the handle for this bet are on the Chargers.

A DraftKings Sportsbook bettor placed a $275,000 bet on under 54½ runs for a potential payout of $525,000.

Kansas City routed the Arizona Cardinals 44-21 behind five Mahomes touchdown passes, easily covering the 6-point road favorites.

Herbert threw for three touchdowns in a 24-19 win over the Raiders. Los Angeles covered as 3½-point favorites when the Raiders failed to convert a two-point conversion with 4:32 remaining.

Contact David Schoen at [email protected] or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.