It’s exactly what we need.
Some parts of Thanksgiving might be more different than ever before.
Traditions have changed. Some people may even be alone.
But a quick glance at the television will provide a familiar sight, and a welcome one at that.
Lions vs. Texans just after noon. Dallas vs. Washington at 4:30 p.m. And a highly-anticipated Steelers vs. Ravens rivalry game originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night will now be played Sunday afternoon, due to a coronavirus outbreak among the Ravens.
And if that’s not enough, Pennsylvania online sportsbooks have rolled out a number of promotions to make your betting action even better.
So no matter what Thanksgiving looks like this year, the holiday will be enhanced with a full plate of football.
In this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks‘ Pick Play, we’ll take a look at all the Turkey Day games, along with all the promotions, odds, and available wagers at our region’s best sportsbooks.
Lions, Texans start the football betting at lunchtime
One of the benefits of Thanksgiving is that the first game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. thirty minutes earlier than a normal NFL Sunday start. The Houston Texans are a road favorite in that game, with the Detroit Lions listed at +3. The moneyline at DraftKings Sportsbook has Houston at -148 and Detroit at +128. The game’s total is set at 51 points.
DraftKings is also offering a promo that pays out an extra 33% on any NFL parlay with 3+ legs. Bettors will need to opt in before making that wager.
Steelers are the betting favorites in AFC North showdown
On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-0) look to stay unbeaten in an AFC North showdown with the Baltimore Ravens (6-4).
As noted by ESPN, the Ravens had to cancel practice Tuesday after five players and four staff members tested positive for the virus. The outbreak will leave Baltimore without outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, defensive tackle Brandon Williams, and running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram in Thursday’s game. More positive tests were announced Wednesday.
Pittsburgh was a 5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook before the game came off the board Wednesday. The Steelers were -225 on the moneyline and the game’s over/under was set at 45 points. That could all change by Sunday.
In addition to the straight bets and alternate lines, there will also be odds posted on the game’s touchdown scorers, team props, quarter/half wagers, and races to different point totals. Live betting options will also be available once the game kicks off.
Dallas and Washington are still alive in the miserable NFC East
It’s hard to believe, but a game between two 3-7 teams is actually extremely important in the putrid NFC East. Philadelphia leads the division with a 3-6-1 record, but the winner could overtake them with an Eagles loss on Monday Night. So if you can ignore the records, Thursday’s second game figures to be a spirited affair.
FanDuel Sportsbook, which is offering all users a risk-free same-game parlay (max refund $10) Thursday, has the Cowboys as 2.5-point favorites. Dallas is -146 on the moneyline, while Washington is +124. The game’s total is 46.5 points.
FOX Bet is also giving you a chance to triple your money if Ezekiel Elliott scores a touchdown and the Cowboys win (+200).
Seahawks/Eagles should generate some Monday Night wagers
Philadelphia, which raised Rocky Balboa and rolled toward an unexpected Super Bowl run just a few years back, seems to be at its best as an underdog.
On Monday night the Eagles face Seattle as a 5.5-point underdog at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia returns +210 at DraftKings on the moneyline. And the game has a total of 51 points.
In January, the Seahawks beat the Eagles 17-9 in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. In that game, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz made his playoff debut, but left the game after two series due to a head injury.
This week, he’ll get his chance for redemption.
The Seahawks vs. Eagles game on Monday Night Football is the exclamation point on a jam-packed football weekend.
The action starts Thursday, in the middle of all the Thanksgiving traditions that just aren’t the same this year.
And it’s exactly what we need.