Betting on American football
American Football is one of the most popular sports in the US, and indeed in the world. It is also an exciting prospect when it comes to online sports betting. The wagering options, especially in the US, are almost endless especially as there are both professional and college leagues to bet on. However, it’s the National Football League (NFL) that offers up the biggest challenge through its equally massive range of betting choices. In order to make things easier, we will focus on betting types, tips for NFL betting and which teams you should look out for so that you can be successful in your online wagering.
How to bet on the NFL
When it comes to the NFL, nothing is easy or straightforward. Yes, there are numerous betting options but they also apply to a limited number of teams and games. This makes assessing a team’s full potential hard – but that goes for the bookies too. When it comes to betting on the NFL though, you first need to get to grips with those betting options. The NFL generally offers point spreads, which is the most traditional wager. Points spreads are the final margin between teams as estimated by the bookie. The bet is determined as 50/50 and you simply guess at which end the result will fall.
Another popular bet are the over/unders, which operate along similar lines to point spreads. The bookie will estimate what the final total score from both teams will be, with a 50% chance that it will be higher or lower. Again you just bet which side of the total you think the game will end. Moneyline bets are the simplest – these are just head to head bets that enable you to predict which of the two teams will win, and this includes taking overtime into account. A final option are the oft-overlooked futures bets, which enable you to predict who will win the SuperBowl.
Top popular NFL teams
There are only 32 teams that compete in the NFL and some of these are more successful than others. For whatever reason, there are some teams that enjoy a greater level of popularity than others. One of the top teams will come as no surprise, they are the Dallas Cowboys. Not only are they one of the most searched-for teams online, but they also enjoy one of the most successful, and valuable, franchises in the NFL. Having won five Super Bowls and appearing in a further three, this team’s constant TV presence keeps them continuously in the limelight.
The lead held by the Dallas Cowboys is a pretty hefty one, and there are only three other teams that really run them close in terms of popularity. We can’t really go on talking about the NFL without mentioning the Green Bay Packers. This team may have a very small population, but their fan base is huge, possibly because, uniquely for the NFL, they are publicly owned! Loyalty pays and this team has a whopping 4 million followers online. Despite not having made the playoffs in years, the Chicago Bears are also highly popular, most likely due to their long history rather than for their current form.
- Dallas Cowboys
- Green Bay Packers
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Chicago Bears
- New England Patriots
Understanding the SuperBowl!
If you’re going to follow American Football then you need to get to grips with the Super Bowl, arguably the biggest sporting event in the US. The 32 NFL teams are split into two conferences, each with 2 divisions. During the regular season, teams play against one another all aiming to reach the playoffs – but only the top six teams from each conference will make them. Those final 12 are gradually whittled down to two – one from each conference. The Super Bowl is the holy grail – it’s the championship event, and the final contest between the two conferences to see which is the best team.
If you’re really going to get into this sport you’ll need to know the specific rules. Keywords to listen out for include defense, offense and quarterback as these elements are key to a team winning the game. Once you know the rules like the back of your hand, you can start to pay attention to other aspects of the game, including the teams, in the run up to this big event. Do check both player and team form. It’s also worth noting the bookies will be doing this too, so pay attention to the odds being given as this can be pretty telling.
Top five betting tips for the NFL
If you’re planning to bet on the NFL, it’s always good to have a slight edge. In this section we will give you some tips on how to get ahead. Firstly, keep your bets consistent rather than increasing or decreasing bets with the changing odds. For good money management, bet the same amount every game. Odds are the next aspect to look at. Bookies will set the odds the way they think the outcome will land. High profile matches will follow public trends and favourites with the odds reflecting that, so beware of the edge leaning in the bookies favour.
We can’t say this enough, but do check on the team’s form. This is important as bookies will lean towards public favourites. You could get a better deal by betting on a less favoured team that actually has better form. In line with this, don’t bet on your favourite, bet on the team most likely to win. It’s also a good idea to shop around for the best betting lines. Just because you play at one site doesn’t make it the best. Look around and grab yourself the most competitive odds that are on offer. Finally, look at the game location as some teams play better at home.
- Wager the same amount consistently
- Check the odds offered
- Pay attention to team and player form
- Compare different sportsbooks
- Take note of where the game is being played