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How to Bet on the NFL This Season

How to Bet on NFL Football at Bovada

It’s that time of year again when hope springs eternal among NFL fans, many of whom will be placing wagers on their favorite teams for the first time. Here’s a look at the most popular NFL betting options that will help you to get the most enjoyment, and the most winnings, out of the upcoming NFL campaign.

 

Game Lines (Moneylines, Spreads, Totals)

Game lines are the most popular betting options for how to bet on the NFL. A moneyline bet enables you to wager on the outright winner of an NFL game, with odds favoring the team considered to have the best chance of winning.

Let’s say New England is hosting Buffalo. As illustrated below, the Patriots own -270 moneyline odds of winning, which means you must bet $270 to win $100. Conversely, the underdog Bills are a +230 bet, meaning a $100 bet can win you $230.

Buffalo Bills +230
New England Patriots -270

With NFL point spread betting, you can wager on the number of points a team will win by, or lose by. In this example, the Patriots are favorites against Buffalo by 7 points. That means they must win by more than seven points for a bet on them to pay out, while the Bills must avoid losing by more than seven points to reward bettors.

Buffalo Bills +7
New England Patriots -7

While point spreads and moneyline betting focus on which team will win a game and the margin of victory, totals betting focuses on total points scored. In the following example, you could wager on whether the total points scored in the game will be OVER or UNDER 51.5.

Buffalo Bills O 51.5
New England Patriots U 51.5

 

NFL Parlay and Round Robin Betting

NFL parlay betting allows you to combine multiple game line bets on a single ticket. Parlays can include two to 12 bets, and pay out on exponentially bigger odds. However, to cash in on a parlay, every bet included on the ticket must be a winner.

Round robin wagering provides you with an easy way create multiple parlays with a single wager. Similar to boxed wagers in horse racing, a round robin bet allows you to bet all combinations of multi-team parlay.

 

NFL Prop Betting

Prop betting enables you to wager on every aspect of an NFL game or season. For example, Super Bowl props have gained massive popularity with hundreds of wagers available, ranging from how long it takes to sing the national anthem, to which team will score last in the contest.

In addition, regular season props enable betting on team and player performances, like how many regular season games your favorite team will win, and how many touchdown passes your favorite quarterback will throw.

 

NFL Futures Betting

NFL futures wagers allow you to bet on regular season and playoff outcomes. Popular futures wagers including betting on the Super Bowl winner, and which teams will emerge as division champions. Wagering is also available on which players will win individual awards like the NFL MVP award and the Rookie of the Year award.

 

Betting on NFL Teasers

And with an NFL teaser bet, you have the power to adjust the point spread or point total on two or more games by buying up to 10 points. While teasers offer you more control, they will also provide lower payouts on winning bets.

 

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