Editor’s Note: Thursday night’s Ravens-Steelers game has been postponed to Sunday. As a result, DraftKings Sportsbook refunded all bets tied into the original promotion. The new promo applies to the Dallas-Washington game taking place on Thanksgiving Day.
DraftKings Sportsbook is putting another Thanksgiving No-Brainer on the holiday football menu. It involves the prime-time game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Besides Baltimore’s AFC North title hopes on the line, the NJ sports betting crowd may have a tough time resisting this odds boost. A Thanksgiving No-Brainer could make a loss less harrowing for even Ravens fans.
Bettors who take advantage of the offer can double their money if either team finds the end zone. That seems a strong possibility given the numbers on both teams.
OK, new plan…
Double your money if either team scores a touchdown in THIS Thanksgiving Day game. pic.twitter.com/YGOtzM7l6s
— DraftKings Sportsbook (@DKSportsbook) November 25, 2020
Details of Thanksgiving No-Brainer
Like whether to pour gravy on the potatoes and the stuffing, this is easy to pull the trigger on. Before kickoff on Thursday, just register (via the link above) or log in to your DraftKings account. Make sure you have some funds in your account.
After that, customers must opt in to the Thanksgiving No-Brainer odds boost. Wager up to $25 on a touchdown being scored in Thursday’s Ravens-Steelers game, which is slated to kick off at 8:20 p.m. EST on NBC.
The one-time boost takes those odds all the way up to +100 (from -10000). The only way you lose your bet is if both teams fail to find the end zone for the entire game. It doesn’t matter if there’s an offensive or defensive touchdown or which team scores a TD first.
Games with zero touchdowns are quite rare in the NFL. Additionally, Pittsburgh is currently fourth in the league in average points per game (29.8). Baltimore averages 26.8 ppg, so at least one touchdown in the game seems like a lock.
In the first meeting between these two teams this season, they combined for seven touchdowns. The Steelers average over four touchdowns per home game as well.
There will be an extra incentive for both teams to find the end zone on Thursday as well. Pittsburgh can nearly wrap up a division title with a win.
What’s at stake for both teams Thursday
This game is full of postseason implications for both teams. In the newly expanded playoff picture, the 10-0 Steelers want to stay ahead of the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs because only the top seed in each conference gets a first-round bye.
Additionally, a win by Pittsburgh would eliminate Baltimore from contention for the AFC North division title. Pittsburgh would own a five-game lead in the standings and the head-to-head tiebreaker with just five games remaining in the regular season.
A win wouldn’t wrap up the division title Thursday night for the Steelers, but it could put them on the precipice if the Cleveland Browns lose at Jacksonville on Sunday. Currently, Cleveland trails by three games, and the best the Browns can do in the season series is earn a split.
For the Ravens, it’s obviously do or die on Thursday when it comes to having any chance to win the division. The bigger question is how healthy Baltimore will be, as multiple members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19.
Well, the outbreak is severe enough that the game is being moved to Sunday afternoon.
— Sunday Night Football (@SNFonNBC) November 25, 2020
In terms of nabbing one of the AFC’s three wild card spots, this game is crucial as well.
If the season ended right now, Baltimore would be the first team out of the AFC playoff bracket. The Las Vegas Raiders would have the final wild-card spot because they have a better winning percentage against AFC teams.
As far as this odds boost from DraftKings goes, however, all that matters is whether one team invades the opposition’s end zone. For NJ bettors, that should be an easy way to make up to $25 in profit.