Embrace the crazy.
This has been a year unlike any other. And football season has followed suit.
The Steelers have had their schedule disrupted by two different teams. And their last game was rescheduled three times.
So fans and bettors alike have essentially the same choices.
Gripe. Groan. Complain. Or…
Embrace the crazy. Place a wager on a Wednesday NFL game that starts just after daytime soaps. Soak in a week that has two Steeler games in six days. And a Monday night doubleheader too.
That’s perhaps the best lesson that 2020 can provide. Something like this may never happen again.
So you might as well enjoy it.
This week brings us a traditional Penn State game on Saturday. But then there’s a Steelers game at 5 p.m. on Monday. And another game after that. And an NFL game on Tuesday too.
So in this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks’ Pick Play, we’ll get you ready for a football weekend that stretches all the way into next week.
We’ll cover all the odds and available wagers at the best PA sports betting apps. And help you embrace the crazy.
Penn State is a double-digit favorite to make it two in a row
The Nittany Lions (1-5) finally got their first win of the season against a miserable Michigan team last week. Now, Penn State is aiming for its second-straight victory against a Rutgers team (2-4) that has turned things around a bit this season. The Scarlet Knights put up a respectable fight against Ohio State and took Michigan into three overtimes before losing.
So Penn State is only an 11-point favorite in Saturday’s game (12 p.m. on FS1) at FOX Bet. The Nittany Lions are -450 on the moneyline, while Rutgers is +350. The game’s total is set at 52.5.
Some of the interesting options at FOX Bet include a healthy menu of custom wagers. The sportsbook also has a boosted bet that pays out +350 if Penn State eclipses 300 passing yards and wins the game.
Players can also choose from alternative spreads and betting lines, as well as some individual team totals. Penn State has an over/under of 31.5. The Rutgers number is set at 20.
Can the Eagles stop their slide Sunday?
Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz completed a Hail Mary at the end of Monday Night Football that made the team’s loss to the Seahawks a little closer (23-17), but it was a bad game overall for both Wentz and the Eagles. Now, things could get even worse with a road game against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
DraftKings Sportsbook has the Packers as 8.5-point favorites in the afternoon game, which kicks off at 4:25 p.m. on FOX. Philadelphia is +325 on the moneyline (as of Friday afternoon). And the game’s over/under is posted at 48.5.
DraftKings also has a wide variety of team props, game props and other wagers available for the game.
Steelers highlight Monday doubleheader; Cowboys/Ravens Tuesday
Pittsburgh and Baltimore’s rare Wednesday game earlier this week has produced aftereffects for the upcoming schedule.
For starters, the unbeaten Steelers will play Washington a day later than originally scheduled, with a 5 p.m. kickoff at Heinz Field on Monday. FanDuel Sportsbook has Pittsburgh as a 7-point favorite (down from 8 points) in the Monday Night appetizer. Pittsburgh’s moneyline is -330 as of Friday afternoon. The game’s over/under is set at 42.5.
Many other wagers are also available, including live betting odds, which should be posted soon after kickoff.
Following the Steelers game, the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers (-1) kick off at 8:20 p.m Monday. The Baltimore Ravens (-7.5) and Dallas Cowboys follow at 8:05 p.m. a day later, giving bettors a rare chance at a Monday parlay or perhaps some Monday-Tuesday NFL wagers.
It’s a strange year for sure, but not every glass is half empty.
In what other year could you get two Week 13 Monday Night games? And some Tuesday Night football too?
This crazy year – and the football schedule that goes with it – does have some perks.
It’s time to embrace them.
Lead image credit: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar