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With the rise of online sports wagering, NFL game betting has experienced a surge in popularity. Betting on football games via apps or the internet has made the process of placing bets more convenient than ever, amplifying the excitement of watching your favorite team in action.
In NFL betting, people typically bet on the outcomes of upcoming games, specifically predicting the winners and losers. However, there are additional betting options beyond just the winner or loser, such as the total rushing yards or which team will record the most sacks. While we’ve provided a basic overview here, you can refer to our comprehensive guide on football betting for a more detailed explanation.
When betting on NFL games, moneylines, totals (over/under), and spreads are the most common methods for placing wagers on football matches.
Spread Betting A spread may appear as follows:
New England -14.5, -120
Kansas City +14.5, +150
The negative number in the spread column indicates the number of points the mentioned team must win by for a bet to pay out. In this example, New England must win by 15 points to result in a winning bet placed on them. For the opposing team, Kansas City, a bet on them pays out if they lose by fewer than 15 points or win the game. The decimal is used to prevent a push, where a tie on the spread would require the bookmaker to refund all bets.
The moneyline indicates the bet’s payout. In the case of New England, the negative number indicates how much you need to wager to win $100. The positive figure reveals how much you’d win after placing a $100 bet on that team to win. Betting on New England requires a $120 stake to win $100 and recover the initial $120, resulting in a total payout of $220.
If you choose to bet on Kansas City, you’d need to place a $100 wager. If they win or lose by fewer points than the spread, you’d win $150 and also receive your initial $100 stake, totaling $250.
For smaller bets, the moneyline can be scaled down. You could bet $12 on New England to win $10 or place $10 on Kansas City to win $15.
NFL line betting, also known as moneyline betting, eliminates the point spread from the equation. In this case, bookmakers adjust the payout to account for the absence of a point spread. A moneyline sheet might look like this:
New England -200/+200
The moneyline column operates the same way as in spread betting. Betting on New England requires a $200 wager to win $100, while selecting Kansas City to win would involve a $100 stake to win $200.
Totals, or over/under, betting is perhaps the simplest way to place a wager. The oddsmaker sets a total score, and you bet on whether the combined points scored by both teams in the game will exceed or fall short of the posted score.
Betting is not restricted to the game’s outcome. Prop wagers, also known as side bets, offer numerous alternative options. These side bets cover various aspects of the game, such as predicting the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for a specific match, the point total for a particular player, the team with the most rushing yards, and an array of other supplementary bets to enhance the excitement of the game.
Once a game kicks off, you can place real-time bets. Many bookmakers allow you to wager on specific quarters, halves, or individual drives as the game unfolds. Many of the side bets available before the game can also be placed during gameplay, but the odds will continuously adjust as the game progresses.
Keep in mind that once you place a live bet, the odds at the time of your wager will apply, and any subsequent changes in odds will not affect the payout of your existing bet.
Futures betting extends beyond the outcome of the most immediate game. Common futures bets include predicting which two teams will reach the Super Bowl, the season’s scoring statistics for a player or team, and even the team that will win the championship game that season.
Once you make a futures bet, you are locked into the odds applicable at the time of your bet. Percentages for NFL game betting fluctuate week-to-week as teams win or lose, altering their odds throughout the season. This volatility makes futures betting particularly intriguing for those who place bets, especially if they bet on an underdog early in the season and see their chances of winning improve over time.
The NFL’s origins trace back to Canton, Ohio in 1920 when it was established as the American Professional Football Association (AFPA). In 1922, the organization adopted the name the National Football League (NFL), which it is known by today. Initially, with just 18 teams, the league determined its annual champion based on the team’s performance each year. This system continued until 1933 when the league introduced formal rules for annual championship games.
In 1950, the NFL merged with the All-America Football Conference, expanding its reach. In 1960, the NFL further expanded by merging with the American Football League, growing to 32 teams that year.
In 1960, the NFL officially branded its championship game as “The Super Bowl,” becoming the most highly anticipated sporting event in the United States and the most-watched annual television event.
As football’s popularity soared, it became evident that sports betting would also become more widespread. Prior to 1931, sports betting outside of horse racing was illegal across the U.S. Nevada was the first state to legalize gambling in 1931, but with strict regulations and a substantial gaming tax. In 1970, Congress reduced the gaming tax from 10% to 2%, leading to more states legalizing sports betting. In 1992, Congress enacted the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, restricting sports betting to select states. However, in 2018, the Supreme Court overturned this act, allowing any state to legalize sports betting if desired.