Koerner’s Favorite Super Bowl Prop Bet: Patrick Mahomes’ Rushing Yards
Getty Images. Pictured: Patrick Mahomes
In honor of the biggest betting day of the year, I’ve decided to highlight my favorite Super Bowl prop bet.
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Koerner’s Favorite Super Bowl Prop Bet
Patrick Mahomes Under 30.5 Rush Yards (+105)
I’ve long believed that Mahomes has underachieved as a runner.
We’ve seen only his upside with the 53 rushing yards he’s posted in back-to-back games. Before that two-game stretch, Mahomes had rushed for more than 30 yards in only five of his 34 career starts (a 14.7% rate). So now after eclipsing that mark in two straight games to bring his career rate up to still only 19.4%, we should consider this his median?
This line is simply an overreaction, and we should expect Mahomes to have a tougher time getting explosive runs against the 49ers.
I did give him a considerable boost in expected rush attempts and expected yards per carry before running my simulations. And to his credit, he looks 100% recovered from the significant knee injury he suffered midseason, so I made sure that wouldn’t influence my sims data too heavily. I also added the chances of kneel downs at the end of the game by factoring in the Chiefs’ chances of winning and how that correlates to one to four (-1 yard rush) potential attempts.
After this intense calculation, I arrived at a 60.2% chance he finished with fewer than 30 rushing yards.