Betting on the NFL

Betting Sites by League

The National Football League (NFL) is one of the most popular sports in the United States. As such, it’s no surprise that BFL betting is so popular at betting sites online. Sportsbooks and bookmakers offer many options when it comes to placing NFL betting wagers. Since there are so many options for bettors to enjoy it is a good idea to learn about the various NFL betting options. Below is a guide on the various types of betting options for the National Football League.

Betting Against the Spread (ATS)

One type of NFL betting is the ATs, or against the spread bet. This bet is a wager on a team to win by the point spread at the time of the bet. ATS bets have odds of $1.10 to win $1.00 unless the bookmaker makes changes and specifies of the odds. The extra $0.10 you wager covers an average 10% commission. NFL games that result in a tie are considered a ‘no action’ game. No Action bets on these games will be void and the amount wagered will be placed back into the bettors account.

NFL Betting – Totals or Over/Under Bets

Totals or Over/Under bets are wagers on the combined score of both teams during a NFL game. The sport bettor is wagering that the total score will be over, or under, the expected total. The odds are the same for this bet as they are for the straight bets with odds of $1.10 bet to win $1.00, unless it is stated differently. Bettors will find this type of wager listed as a Totals or Over/Under Bet at bookmakers and sportsbooks.

NFL Betting – Money Line Wagers

Another betting option for those interested in NFL betting is the Money Line wager. This wager is a bet on a team to win a game. When the wager is placed, the money line that is read is the money line that will stay in place regardless of any line movement (i.e. even if a player is injured and the expected outcome changes, your bet and odds remain the same). The amount a bettor can place on the game and the amount that will be won for the game can vary depending on many factors. Since there is no point spread, the favored-to-win will payout less than a bet on the underdog.

NFL Halftime Wagers

Halftime Wagering is another option that is rather unique in NFL betting. This type of wager takes place on the first or second half of the game. The line offered by the bookmaker or Sportsbook will be a point spread, money line or a combination of both. The bet will apply to the score of the halftime period that is wagered on only, whether it is the first or second half, and regardless of the actual winner of the game.

Betting on the NFL – Parlays (Multiples or Combos)

Parlays are another option of NFL betting, often called Multiples or Combos. This bet is a wager placed on two or more teams to win. A wager placed in a parlay must see all teams win to earn a payout. If any match-up results in a ‘no action’ tie, but all other picks are won, the payout will decrease to the intended payout for the number of picks that remain active. A two team parlay will result in a payout down to the straight wager.

NFL Betting – Teasers

Another NFL betting option is the teaser bet. This bet is when a gambler selects two or more teams in one wager. The point spread is adjusted in the bettors favor and the number of teams and points selected will determine the payout odds. A tie, or a ‘no action’, on a teaser wager will generally result in a ‘no action’ wager on the entire bet.

NFL Betting – Future Book Wagers

A Future bet is exactly as it sounds – a bet on a future event. An example of this type of bet is when a bettor places a wager on an event that will take place in the future, like a bet on a team to make it to, or win, the Super Bowl before the season even starts.

NFL Betting – Proposition Bets (Exotics)

A prop bet or an exotic bet is a wager that is something other than an over/under or straight side bet. This type of NFL betting usually takes place on an occurrence that is specific to the game, or an event that happens in the game. An example would be a bet on who will get the ball first (coin toss winner), or what player will score the first touchdown, or the most touchdowns.


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