PointsBet Sportsbook is offering a $20 free live bet to use during Sunday afternoon’s divisional-round matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams.
The rules are simple: place a $20 or higher bet before kickoff with odds no lower than -200. An hour after the bet is placed, users will see a free $20 bonus bet in their PointsBet account.
The free play can only be used on a live bet during the Bucs-Rams game before the final whistle blows.
Only single wagers or same game parlays qualify. Parlays involving other teams won’t count towards this promotion.
Below are this weekend’s NFL odds, as well as some bets to consider placing to receive the $20 free play. You can bet on the NFL Playoffs at Illinois online sportsbooks all weekend.
Dominant Wild Card victories
The Rams and Bucs each thoroughly dominated their opponent in the first round of the playoffs.
LA wiped the floor with the Arizona Cardinals, winning 34-11. The Rams doubled the Cardinals in total yards of offense with LA tallying 375 yards while Arizona could only muster 183 yards.
The Bucs ran up the score on Philadelphia Eagles, leading 31-0 at the end of three quarters. The Eagles scored 15 points unanswered in the fourth quarter to make the final score appear closer than how the game truly played out.
Potential for an offensive shootout
Each team has consistently posted high-scoring games throughout the season. The Bucs have the second highest scoring offense in the NFL, averaging a tick over 30 points per game.
The combination of quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Cooper Kupp has helped the Rams torment defenses through the air all season. So much so that Kupp held top five odds to win the MVP award earlier this season.
LA has the eighth highest scoring offense in the NFL, averaging 27 points per game.
While the Bucs have an excellent rush defense, allowing the third fewest yards in the NFL, they have a tendency to be exposed by opposing quarterbacks. Tampa Bay allows 238 passing yards per game, ranking 21st in the NFL.
Stafford and the Rams pass for 273 yards per game, giving them the fifth-best mark in the category. With this in mind, 48 points is more than attainable when these teams take the field.
Tommy Terrific inflated props?
Brady’s passing total is 285.5, which he fell 14 yards short of in the game vs Philadelphia.
While Brady has had a great career and will likely be remembered as the greatest QB of all time, this number may be inflated because of the high regard he’s held in. During the Bucs 2020 Super Bowl run, Brady averaged 265 passing yards per game.
In reality, the Bucs’ dominant defense has been equally as important to the team’s success if not greater than Brady and the offense.
The Bucs are also without two of their four top wide receivers in receiving yards per game. Chris Godwin leads the team in receiving yards and is sidelined due to injury. Antonio Brown ranks fourth and sidelined himself in Week 17 when he ran across the field and exited the stadium mid-game.