How To Bet On NFL

A monumental decision in pro football history came prior to the 1922 season, when the American Professional Football Association underwent a name change. The new handle given to the loop? The National Football League. While the name would prove to have plenty of staying power and enormous growth potential, the NFL of the 1920s did not come close to resembling today’s NFL with its stranglehold on the American conscience. Even something as seemingly simplistic as determining a champion was a complicated process.  [+]

Teams did not play a balanced schedule, so the champion was decided via winning percentage. This led to some skullduggery behind the scenes, with teams seeking to play more games against weaker clubs and occasionally going as far as to outfit opponents with inferior talent in order to pump up their winning percentage.

The NFL really seemed to find its legs in the 1930s. Fluidity and stability steadily came to the group and 1936 saw the first season without a franchise shift. The league had witnessed 51 teams come and go prior to that.

Teams that would grow into NFL powers today came to life in the 1930s. The Chicago Bears won the first NFL championship game ever played in 1932, paced by future Hall of Famers Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski, who combined for the only touchdown of the game. The Bears won the title again in 1933. The New York Giants were NFL champions in 1934, the Detroit Lions in 1935 and the Green Bay Packers in 1936.  

In 1939, paid attendance at NFL games topped the one million mark for the first time in league history. Pro football had definitely arrived as a big-league sport.

Best NFL Betting Lines

We provide the best football betting lines below so keep your eye on them and find the game that is most appealing. Don’t forget to take into account the variety of betting types available. 

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Monday 20 November
FT Atlanta Falcons 34 - 31 Seattle Seahawks -118 -103 Odds
Thursday 23 November
FT Minnesota Vikings 30 - 23 Detroit Lions -125 +105 Odds
FT Chargers 28 - 6 Dallas Cowboys -118 -103 Odds
FT New York Giants 10 - 20 Washington Redskins +270 -323 Odds
Sunday 26 November
Chicago Bears 13:00 Philadelphia Eagles +700 -1000 Odds
Carolina Panthers 13:00 New York Jets -244 +205 Odds
Buffalo Bills 13:00 Kansas City Chiefs +320 -385 Odds
Tennessee Titans 13:00 Indianapolis Colts -172 +152 Odds
Cleveland Browns 13:00 Cincinnati Bengals +285 -345 Odds
Buccaneers 13:00 Atlanta Falcons +445 -526 Odds
Miami Dolphins 13:00 Patriots +875 -1250 Odds
Seattle Seahawks 16:05 San Francisco 49ers -294 +245 Odds
Denver Broncos 16:25 Oakland Raiders +185 -213 Odds
Jaguars 16:25 Arizona Cardinals -244 +205 Odds
New Orleans Saints 16:25 Los Angeles Rams +122 -143 Odds
Green Bay Packers 20:30 Pittsburgh Steelers +625 -833 Odds

What Are The NFL Standings

The NFL standings are compiled here and they are offer a wealth of information to the football bettor. Make it part of your daily regimen to study both the league standings and the team and individual stats.

 

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1 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 10 9 1 320 188 0.900
2 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 11 9 2 271 195 0.818
3 New England Patriots New England Patriots 10 8 2 290 203 0.800
4 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints 10 8 2 302 196 0.800
5 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 10 8 2 227 165 0.800
6 Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams 10 7 3 303 186 0.700
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 10 7 3 245 141 0.700
8 Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers 10 7 3 213 180 0.700
9 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons 10 6 4 231 210 0.600
10 Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 10 6 4 222 253 0.600
11 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 4 262 220 0.600
12 Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 10 6 4 242 199 0.600
13 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions 11 6 5 294 264 0.545
14 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 10 5 5 213 171 0.500
15 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills 10 5 5 208 250 0.500
16 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers 10 5 5 204 230 0.500
17 Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers 11 5 6 249 202 0.455
18 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 11 5 6 248 270 0.455
19 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins 11 5 6 258 276 0.455
20 Houston Texans Houston Texans 10 4 6 267 262 0.400
21 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders 10 4 6 204 247 0.400
22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 4 6 203 228 0.400
23 New York Jets New York Jets 10 4 6 201 222 0.400
24 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 10 4 6 176 254 0.400
25 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins 10 4 6 157 254 0.400
26 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 10 4 6 169 199 0.400
27 Denver Broncos Denver Broncos 10 3 7 183 259 0.300
28 Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 10 3 7 179 280 0.300
29 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears 10 3 7 174 221 0.300
30 New York Giants New York Giants 11 2 9 172 267 0.182
31 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers 10 1 9 174 260 0.100
32 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns 10 0 10 150 259 0

How To Win Your NFL Bets

Look for teams that are trending upwards and those that are diving into a tailspin. Avoid pitfall bets such as a team that is playing on a Thursday following a Sunday game. Note which teams don’t fare well when playing on the West Coast, which teams struggle in domed stadiums, and take special note of when indoor teams are asked to play outdoors in unfriendly climates late in the season.

Know the clubs that possess significant home-field advantages. Figuring out the teams that own the greatest home-field advantage isn’t difficult to calculate. Simply take the number of total points scored by a team at home during the season, subtract the total points allowed and then divide the remainder by the number of games played. Any teams that return an advantage greater than three points per game can be considered to be solid home performers.

When wagering on the NFL, it’s important to remember that the vast majority of games finish up with a margin of three or seven points in the final scoreline. Three is the most common outcome and seven the second most frequent finishing line.

A good stat to take into account when deciding which way to bet is to take the total number of yards gained by a team’s offense and then subtract the total number of years the same team’s defense has surrendered. Those squads that finish up with the largest positive number will generally be the favorite to win.

Other prominent statistics to keep in mind when wagering on the NFL include time of possession. If a team holds the ball on average longer than its opponents, that generally works out to be a winning formula.

The giveaway-takeaway numbers are another telling stat. If a team holds a positive digit in this equation, they tend to win more often than not, while teams that are in the negative numbers in this category are generally a disaster waiting to happen.

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