The 2024 NFL playoffs have arrived, and once again the Kansas City Chiefs are back in the mix. After clinching an eighth-consecutive AFC West title, the Chiefs will host the Miami Dolphins this Saturday night in GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
No team in the postseason boasts as much championship experience as Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes and company. While the Chiefs are not the No. 1 seed in the AFC, no team in the conference – or league – wants to see them across the sidelines in the playoffs.
In this article, three Chiefs postseason futures bets on DraftKings Sportsbook will be highlighted. Without further ado, let's get into it.
You're getting a two-for-one special with this postseason future, and the odds of this hitting drastically increase if the Chiefs defeat Miami in their Wild Card showdown this weekend. While it's always possible for Mahomes to put up video game numbers and throw five touchdowns in one game, he'll likely finish with two or three on Saturday.
The same goes for the rushing touchdown combination of Mahomes and Pacheco, with the pair likely finishing with two combined scores on the ground at most against the Dolphins.
Since this bet likely relies on the Chiefs beating Miami, let's examine the probability of that outcome. When you dive into the numbers behind this matchup, a lot of factors favor Andy Reid's squad.
Not only do the Chiefs gain a significant advantage by hosting this game in freezing cold Kansas City weather, but they also have an edge over the Dolphins in a key category – being above .500. The Dolphins put up prolific offensive numbers this year, but they finished just 1-5 against winning teams in the regular season.
Also, it's worth noting that over the last 10 years, the Chiefs boast 12 total playoff wins.
Like the last future in this article, this one probably relies on the Chiefs winning this weekend against the Dolphins. If that happens, then we're looking at three players with a legitimate shot to hit the 250-yard mark.
That group includes Travis Kelce, Isiah Pacheco, and Rashee Rice. While Kelce fell short of recording 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since 2015 this year, the superstar tight end is still Mahomes' go-to guy, and his playoff track record speaks for itself.
Rice is an explosive, young receiver who has established quite the rapport with his quarterback. The 23-year-old topped 100 receiving yards twice in his last six regular season contests, proving his capability to put up big numbers on any given night.
Pacheco has really hit his stride as of late, eclipsing 120 scrimmage yards in two of his last three games. The powerful runner is also an established pass-catcher out of the backfield, which helps his chances when it comes to this particular bet.
All three of these players are capable of hitting this total in two games, and the percentage of it happening would skyrocket if the Chiefs advance to the AFC Championship.
Did I mention that the Chiefs have the most postseason experience out of any team in the NFL already? Yes? Alright, just making sure.
It is nearly impossible to overstate the value of that experience. In this case, Mahomes and company boast a significant advantage over the field. While winning back-to-back Super Bowls is a notoriously difficult challenge – although not an impossible one – appearing in consecutive Super Bowls is not. In fact, the Chiefs accomplished that very feat following the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Looking at Kansas City's path to Vegas for the big game, it would likely be filled with a combination of inexperienced squads and familiar opponents (in equally familiar locations).
The Chiefs may not have put up record-breaking numbers or produced an extremely dominant regular season record, but all that matters for this group is making the playoffs. Now that they've accomplished that, it's hard to bet against Reid and Mahomes.
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