American Football Betting Markets
Now you’re clued up on what the NFL is all about and how it’s structured, let’s take a look at the main types of American football betting markets available at the top sportsbooks.
The most simple NFL bet you can make is a prediction on the team to win a particular match. Draws are very rare in the NFL, so you’re usually just betting on either the home (1) or away team (2) to win. If the end of normal time is a draw, it’ll head into overtime, which is also included as part of the bet.
A player proposition bet is a bet on a particular player’s actions in the game. This includes a myriad of things, including the number of passing yards, rushing yards, pass completion, receiving yards, tackles, touchdown scorers, passing touchdowns, and more. So if you fancy backing Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers to continue his incredible interceptions record, you can.
If there’s a clear favourite to win a match, their odds will be very short and you won’t be able to garner much profit. This is where handicap, or point spread betting, comes in. It essentially gives the weaker team a headstart in the number of points, evening up the respective odds for each team in the process.
For example, as the Chicago Bears took on the New England Patriots in October 2022, Bet365 offered a spread of +8.5 for the Bears — this means you could add 8.5 to their score at the end of the game, and if it was higher than the Patriots’ score, they’d win for the purposes of the bet. With the Patriots starting on -8.5, this brings the odds for both teams to 10/11. Bettors still had the option to place a regular moneyline bet too though, which was set at 3/1 for the Bears and 5/19 for the Patriots.
While plenty of NFL betting takes place in a fast-paced environment, outright bets look further into the future and can be made way ahead of time. Here you’ll be betting on the team to win a league or tournament, such as the AFC and NFC Championships or the Super Bowl.
Total Match Points
With total match points, you’re betting on the cumulative number of points scored by both teams during a game. So, if you’re unsure which team will win but you think the match is going to be particularly low- or high-scoring, this can be a handy bet to make.