Not only is the NFL one of the most popular sports in the world, it is also one of the best sports to bet on. If you are new to NFL betting, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different types of betting you can place online and what their odds are before you be there. In this NFL guide, we’ll explain how to start betting on the NFL and what key players to look out for.
The most popular types of NFL betting
Point spread betting is also known as line, spread or side betting and is the most common type of NFL bet. A point spread bet is a bet on the favorite team or what is known as the underdog (the team that is less likely to win). Bookmakers determine the numbers for each team and the favorite is represented by a ‘+’, while the minor is represented by a ‘-‘. An example of a point spread bet would be the following.
New York Giants -5.5
When you place a point spread bet, you will bet on whether the favorite team (in the case of the example above, the Dolphins) will win by more than the number of points given in the odds, with fewer points than predicted is, or the other team wins.
A total bet is a prediction of whether there will be more or fewer points than the number predicted by the professional bettor. The total refers to the total number of points scored by both teams in the match, which means that if one team beats the other by a score of 30-17, the total will be 47 points. Check out the example of a total bet below.
More than 45.5
In this case, if you think the combined scores of both teams will be 45.5 or less, you’ll bet on the bottom. Conversely, if you predict they will score 45.5 or higher, you will bet the ear.
Money Line Bets
This is the simplest bet you can make on the NFL, because it’s simply a bet on which team will win the game straight. This is the simplest type of bet, but it is also more risky because it usually requires you to risk more money when betting on the favorite. However, betting on the underdog will also give you bigger payouts if you are lucky.
Top players to note when betting on the NFL
Another popular type of NFL bet is the prop bets that allow you to bet on an individual player’s performance or a specific team’s performance. An example of this type of bet would be, for example, how many passing meters a player will have. This season, the following players are the best bets for the Player Prop bet.
- Kyle Pitts
- Tom Brwady
- Matt Ryyan
- Mike White
- Josh Allen
This type of betting is very popular among NFL fans, but is more suitable for bettors who know the NFL player statistics from within and follow each game closely.