2016 NFL Playoffs
AFC Wild Card Game
#5 Kansas City Chiefs at #4 Houston Texans
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 4:35 pm Eastern, TV: ESPN, ABC
NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas
All Prop Odds Courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbooks
Not only can you bet on the sides and totals for the NFL playoffs, but props can be a profitable and fun way to wager on the games. Let’s take a look at some of the team and player props for the first Wild Card game of the weekend between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans.
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Will the First Score of the Game be a touchdown? (TD -140 / FG or Safety +110)
While both teams enter the playoffs on hot streaks, neither is spectacular on offense and have really good defenses. I like the first score to be a field goal rather than a touchdown. Plus you get the unlikely safety as a bonus.
Will there be a score in the first 7:30 of the Game? (Yes -135 / No +115)
Again with two good defenses, I believe they will feel each other out for the first part of the game. I think No is a good bet for this prop.
Will Either team score three straight times? (Yes -185 / No +155)
When these two teams met in week one in Houston, Kansas City took a 27-6 lead in the third quarter. Houston rallied to within 27-20 late in the game. That ended up being the final score. These teams are so much better now and I think it will be back and forth. I like no in this prop.
Will either team kick a field goal over 44 yards? (over 44 -115 / under 44 -115)
I expect to see a lot of drives stall around the 30-35 yard line. Both teams have reliable kickers, especially from long distance. Kansas City kicker Cairo Santos is 13/19 from 40 yards or beyond. Houston kicker Nick Novak is 6/9 from 40 and beyond. I like over 44 yards for this prop.
Which Team will make the longest field goal? (Kansas City -135 / Houston +115)
Santos, the rookie from Brazil, has been a revelation at kicker. He has plenty of leg and I like the Chiefs to have the longest field goal.
Which team will score the longest touchdown? (Kansas City -135 / Houston +115)
Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith isn’t exactly know for having the strongest arm. He does have an 80 yard touchdown throw to running back Charcandrick West. Still, I just think Houston has more explosive receivers, especially with DeAndre Hopkins. I like the Texans to have the longest touchdown.
Total field goals made in the game? (under 3 -135 / over 3 +115)
With these two defenses, I see more field goals than touchdowns. I like over three field goals.
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Alex Smith pass completions (under 19 -125 / over 19 +105)
Smith averages 19 pass completions per game. Still, against the fierce Texans’ pass defense I think under is likely.
Alex Smith passing yards (under 213 -135 / over 213 +115)
Again, Smith averages around 203 passing yards per game. Under looks like a good bet for passing yards as well.
Charcandrick West rushing yards (under 49 -130 / over 49 +100)
Houston’s rush defense isn’t as fierce as the pass defense, but they ares till #10 in the league. I think Kansas City can move the ball on the ground and I like over 49 yards for West.
Cairo Santos points (over 7 -125 / under 7 -105)
I like over in this prop as that is only two field goals and two extra points.
Brian Hoyer passing yards (under 240 -150 / over 240 +120)
Kansas City has a top ten pass defense, but I think Hoyer can move the ball through the air. I like over 240 yards for Hoyer.
DeAndre Hopkins pass receptions (under 7 -120 / over 7 -110)
I think Hopkins will have a big game with over 7 receptions.
Hopkins receiving yards (under 92 -130 / over 92 +100)
I like Hopkins to have over 92 receiving yards.
J.J. Watt total solo/assisted tackles (under 5 -130 / over 5 +100)
Despite battling numerous nagging injuries this season, Watt still had 76 tackles and 17.5 sacks. I like him to have over 5 tackles in this game.
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