NFL Player Spotlight: Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco Stats Analysis

The second-year player ran for a career high 130 yards vs. Bengals

Isiah Pacheco

Full Name:
Isiah Pacheco
Current Team:
Chiefs logoKansas City Chiefs
Jersey Number:
24 years old (03-02-1999)
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Vineland, New Jersey, U.S.
Running back
Super Bowl champion (LVII)

The Kansas City Chiefs (10-6) finished off the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday after a 25-17 victory. Isiah Pacheco allowed Kansas City to play with a balanced offense with 130 yards on the ground, freeing up receiver Rashee Rice to stretch the field with 127 yards receiving with just five receptions.

The win gave the Kansas City Chiefs their eighth straight NFC West title. KC ends its season when they face the Los Angeles Chargers as a 3-point dog because Patrick Mahomes will be kept out of the game in favor of Blaine Gabbert. Today, we’ll focus on Isiah Pacheco’s stats and how his presence has affected betting patterns.

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Should We Consider Pacheco Among The Best?

How many running backs would we go through before we get to Isiah Pacheco as one of the best NFL running backs? With a quiet 935 yards rushing and another 244 yards receiving, the former 7th-round draft pick NFL player stats have him 10th in the NFL in rushing yards (935 yards) and yards per game (66.8).

This season, he has three 100-yard games to his credit after just one last year as a rookie out of Rutgers. Speaking of College, in 43 games for the Scarlett Knights, Pacheco ran for 2442 yards and 249 yards receiving. Interesting because the 5-11, 215-pound back is six yards away from more receiving yards this season than his entire 43-game career in Piscataway.

There are concerns for the Chiefs’ newest asset because he’s listed as questionable for this week which may force Andy Reid to rest his running back along with Mahomes. Injuries are something that has plagued Pacheco in his short career. He dealt with injuries back in camp and missed two NFL games recently with a shoulder injury against the Bills and Patriots after surgery.

Then, on Christmas Day, Pacheco suffered a concussion in a loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. We would be shocked if Pacheco played this week, a move that will make the fantasy world scrambling to find a replacement for his 12.8 fantasy points per game. Let’s continue our Isiah Pacheco stats analysis by dissecting his impact on the spread.

Chiefs Could Turn A Profit For The First Time Since 2019

Kansas City could be in line to win their Super Bowl in six years, but to bettors, they have produced more ripped-up tickets than not over the last few seasons. Another example of NFL scores and odds being two completely different categories. KC is 8-7-1 ATS for a slim 0.31 units of profit, but that’s better than the 26-33 ATS mark that preceded the start of the 23-24 season.

One could make a correlation with the arrival of Pacheco, Kansas City becomes more of a complete offense. Consider that in 2021, Darrel Williams was their leading rusher with just 558, and in 2020, Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the way with 803. In those NFL seasons, the offense leaned on Patrick Mahomes, which did lead to a Super Bowl win in 2019, but Mahomes had to throw for almost 5,000 yards to do it.

With Pacheco, Kansas City is 16-19-1 ATS, but a profitable season in 2024 shows that Mahomes has a reliable running back, and that should lead to more wins for bettors who will benefit from the Cheifs being less impressive because the oddsmakers will adjust their numbers to more manageable lines. Just four times this season has Kansas been a double-digit favorite compared to five times in 2019 and six times in 2020, which included a game against the New York Jets when they were a 20-point favorite, a game they covered (35-9).

That concludes our Isiah Pacheco stats analysis; we look for the Chiefs to become a stronger player if Pacheco can stay healthy in his career; if not, KC will be back to looking for another running back.

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