NFL Football Betting
In the entire massive world of sports betting, you are going to realize quickly that there are so many different sports to bet on. With that being said, there probably is none bigger and more followed than NFL betting. I want to think that the reasoning behind why it’s so popular and one of the biggest times of the year is because of the build-up to NFL season. On top of that though, the bulk of the NFL bets are going to come on one single day of the week, which is Sunday of course. Currently though, you are going to find NFL games on Monday’s for Monday Night Football, and Thursday’s for Thursday Night Football also. On top of that though, late in the year there is the Saturday Night Football action, meaning that we are getting games leading up to Sunday all week.
With so many NFL games each week, and a full season of games, you need to know what you’re looking for in terms of types of bets, some strategy behind NFL betting, and you need to just have a great general understanding of NFL betting all around. Here we are going to take a full look at NFL betting and break it down more in-depth. We’ll start things off with some strategy behind NFL betting, because it can definitely be overwhelming.
Picking Your Top Bets Only
We know how overwhelming and exciting it can be going into a Sunday with a full slate of cards and wanting to have action all over the place. The best thing that you can possibly do is just find your best bets of the day and only roll with them. Call them “five star bets” if you want to, but rank your bets each week and only bet your favorite ones throughout the week. I usually like to go through and handicap a few games and just guess what i think the lines should be based on that, and start my research from there. If a line seems off, then I’ll check into more and decide if it’s a game that I want to consider as a top bet. Just don’t go crazy with your NFL bets each week, because that’s the easiest way to let a bad streak ruin your bankroll!
Don’t Bet Weeknight Games Just for Action
I’ve definitely found myself doing it before. You are looking through the NFL action and are just trying to find something on the Monday night or Thursday night game to give you some kind of angle that you’ll want to bet on. It might be the total of the game, or just a side, but you are trying to find something in order to get some action on the game. If you don’t like a side or the over/under on a mid-week game, just simply skip it and get ready for the weekend action. No need or reason to force the action, because that will just end up as a disaster.
TYPES OF BETS
Obviously the point spread is going to be the biggest and most popular type of bet, and it’s what we even hear people on TV talk about these days. So for the spread, if a team is favored by -6.5 points, it means that they have to win by 7 or more points in order for you to win your bet. If a team is “plus points”, or +6.5 in that example, then you are going to need that team to lose by less than 7 points for you to win your bet. It’s important to know that if you don’t like a game with the spread, just check out one of the many other betting options that are on the board!
Total betting in the NFL is definitely a close second in terms of popularity. On an NFL total, it is just the projected number of points between the two teams in the game, and your job is to decide if you think there will be more or less points than that number. This can be a great bet, but you need to be sure to check out things like the weather and injuries, which are just two of a few things that can factor into making the over or the under a good bet.
I love a good prop bet, and prop bets are going to relate to things off of the actual outcome of the game in most situations. A game prop can be things about whether or not there will be a touchdown scored in the first X minutes of the game, or if the first score will be a touchdown, or how many points will be scored in the first quarter. There are a few different things that you can find as game props, but it really just depends on the online sports betting site that you are using for your action.
Player props can be great as well, but you definitely need to be careful when betting on player props. One of the easiest things to do is to get drawn in by all of the options, and just have too much going. I have to say that one of the most fun player props is who will score the first touchdown in an NFL game. It’s a tough bet, and the odds are going to vary by each player, but they can be fun and there are definitely angles you can use to bet on them. Other prop bets are going to include things like how many completions a quarterback will have (over/under), an over/under on how many rushing yards a running back will have, or how many receptions or receiving yards that a wide receiver will have. You can also bet on wide receiver vs. wide receiver yardage for the two teams, and the same goes for quarterbacks and running backs as well!
If you are watching an NFL game, you can find that betting on the halftime line of the game might be the best bet on the board. Halftime lines come out almost as soon as the game hits halftime, and it’s just an adjusted total that is based around the current score of the game. So if a team is up 13-10 at halftime, and the team losing is -7, then they need to win by more than four points for you to win your bet (you’d push if they won by four). I’d recommend checking out halftime lines often for games that you are watching, mainly because it lets you get a feel for the game.