Clyde Edwards-Helaire Under 49.5 Rushing Yards (-114)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire had juice in a productive 2022 debut. Nonetheless, he wasn’t a workhorse. The full-game data probably isn’t meaningful since the Chiefs boat raced the Cardinals. However, through the first half, CEH had six rush attempts for 38 yards, Isah Pacheco carried twice for two yards, and Jerick McKinnon toted the rock twice for six yards. So, he wasn’t a bell-cow, and Pacheco and McKinnon were mixed in.
Further, the Chiefs were a pass-happy offense, slinging it 28 times in the first half. Expanding to include the third quarter is more alarming for CEH’s outlook for rushing yards. Through three quarters, Mahomes aired it out 36 times. Meanwhile, CEH ran the ball only seven times for 42 yards, and Pacheco and McKinnon combined for five rushes for 26 yards. Thus, if the game is close, the Chiefs will likely lean heavily on the pass.
If the game is a blowout in either direction, it’s not ideal for CEH, either. First, if the Chiefs have to play catch-up, they’ll air it out. Second, if the Chiefs steamroll the visiting Chiefs, Pacheco might be the closer. CEH didn’t attempt a run in the fourth quarter in Week 1. Conversely, McKinnon had one carry, and Pacheco ran the ball 10 times for 60 yards in the fourth quarter. As a result, I’m excited to bet under 49.5 rushing yards for CEH.