NFL betting has grown in popularity in recent years thanks to changes in the laws surrounding sports betting in the United States. With access to a broad selection of legal sportsbooks, more people are deciding to participate in NFL betting and are doing so for the first time. Below you will find a short guide to betting on the NFL, beginning with where to bet.
To start betting on the NFL, you must find a reliable NFL wagering app. This will depend on where you reside in the United States as different states will have various NFL wagering apps. This is because not every online gambling brand in the US is available in every state. However, when deciding on which wagering app to use, there are few that standout, including DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars Sportsbook, PointsBet, and BetMGM Sports.
You need to have a good understanding of the NFL and how the game is played. If you are showing an interest in NFL wagering, it is assumed you have a good knowledge on the NFL, including the teams and players. You must feel confident in your ability to predict which teams are going to win games and which players are going to perform in specific games. Conduct your research and study the statistics available online. You can find a wealth of NFL stats online for free and you can use the information to spot trends for betting.
Having chosen your wagering app and created an account, you must become familiar with the NFL betting markets and terms. There are three common bets on NFL games and they are Moneyline, Points Spread, and Total Points. Moneyline is the most common NFL wager and this simply involves picking which team you think is going to win the game.
The Points Spread involves a figure decided by the sportsbook which will provide either an advantage or disadvantage to the teams based on their predicted performance in the game. The favorites to win the game will be handed a points figure that will leave them at a disadvantage and they must win the game by a points margin that will overcome the disadvantage. The underdog is given a points figure that gives them an advantage and if they can avoid losing the game by more than the points total, they win in the eyes of the bet. For example, if the Indianapolis Colts are at -8.5 in the points spread betting, they will need to win by more than this total for the wager to be a success. If the Chicago Bears are +8.5 in the points spread, they will need to either win or keep the points gap between the teams at the end of the game to under 8.5 points.
Total Points betting is another NFL wager which is easy to understand. The sportsbook will provide a projected figure for the total number of points to be scored in the game. All you have to do is predict if you think the total number of points scored will be below or above the stated figure.
In addition to the NFL betting markets highlighted above, you will find Prop Bets at all good sportsbooks and NFL wagering apps. These cover a wide range of bets, including those on individual players plus specific moments in games, such as which team will score the first touchdown, which team will be the first to turnover, which team will make the most punts and so on. If you wish, you can even bet on the individual player to score the first touchdown of the game.