• Bet Jerick McKinnon to continue red-zone dominance: The Chiefs running back has seen nine red-zone targets since the start of December — five more than tight end Travis Kelce.
• Bet Ja'Marr Chase to flourish with Joe Burrow once more: Chase has been on a tear as of late, and quarterback Joe Burrow is feeding targets to his star receiver.
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BET: RB Jerick McKinnon Anytime TD (+100 @ BetMGM)
• Move over, Travis Kelce. It's the Jerick McKinnon show in Kansas City now — at least in terms of red-zone usage. Since the start of December, a shift in red-zone target share has seen McKinnon (nine targets) more involved than Kelce (four targets). During those six games, McKinnon has racked up eight receiving touchdowns and now totals the second-most red-zone targets of any running back, behind only Austin Ekeler. Eight of McKinnon’s nine scores this season came from within the 20-yard line, most off concepts designed to create a mismatch for him.
• This Jacksonville defense has struggled to contain backs to varying degrees this season. On one hand, they have yet to allow a receiving touchdown to a back all year. On the other hand, they’ve allowed the second-most receiving yardage to backs. So, there are clearly opportunities for running backs against this defense. Since the start of December, the Jaguars have allowed six touchdowns to backs, albeit all rushing, including a pair to the aforementioned Ekeler in the wild-card round this past weekend.