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Betting on the NFL

Published on January 17, 2012 by   ·   No Comments

The NFL is the most popular sports league to place bets on this time of year. The playoffs are in full swing and the sports bettors are more active the closer we get to the Super Bowl. This weekend is the NFC and AFC Championship games. The winners of these two games will play in Indianapolis for the Lombardi Trophy the first week of February.

There are a couple of basic questions that a lot of people have that I would like to answer. Chief among these is “how do I bet on Football games” and “where can I bet on Football games”. This is where an NFL betting guide like this one will help out.

How to Bet on Football Games

First, lets take a look at the early lines for the Championship Weekend Playoff matchups:


So lets break this down one column at a time. The Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots are playing in Foxboro this weekend. This is the early matchup on Sunday and will start at 3:00pm ET. The New York Giants are playing in San Francisco against the 49ers in the later matchup on Sunday which will start at 6:30pm ET.


The next column has to do with the Spread for each game. You will see the number -110 next to every number in the Spread. This means that you will have to wager $110 for every $100 that you hope to win. If you want to win $500, you will need to bet $550. This extra 10% is called the Juice.

You will see that the Baltimore Ravens have a Spread of 7 1/2 points. This means that they are the Underdog and will start out the game with a virtual lead of 7 1/2 – 0. The Patriots have a -7 1/2 points spread. That means they are the Favorite and will start out the game with a deficit of 0 – 7 1/2.

If you bet on New England to beat the spread, you will need New England to win by more than 1 Touchdown. If the final score is New England 31 – Baltimore 21, then New England will have won the spread. If Baltimore wins or loses by 7 points or less, they will win the spread on this game.

Likewise, the New York Giants are the underdog with a 2 1/2 spread and the San Francisco 49ers are the favorite with a -2 1/2 spread. This means San Francisco must win by 3 points or more and the Giants must win or lose by 2 points or less.

You will also see a percentage between one of the two teams in the game and the Spread. This is the percentage of people who have placed bets on one side of the Spread. 75% of the bettors have picked New England and 74% of the bettors have picked New York to win the spread.

Why the 1/2 point? This is because a half point cannot be scored, so there is no chance of a tie on the spread.


The next column over is the Line. This is also known as the Money Line. Instead of betting on the spread, you will be betting on who will win the football game.

You will see that the Baltimore Ravens have a Line of +280 and the Patriots have a Line of -340. If you want to bet on the Ravens to win, you will win $280 for every $100 that you bet. If you want to bet on the Patriots to win, you will have to bet $340 for every $100 you want to win.

The Lines for the NFC Championship are much lower because the spread is much closer. That means if you are going to bet on the Giants to win, you will receive $120 for every $100 that you bet. You will need to bet $140 to win $100 if you are betting on the 49ers to win.

Over/Under Total

The final column is the Over/Under Total. This is a bet on the total number of points that will be scored during a game. If the final score of the game is 27-21, then the Total for that game will be 48 points.

The Over/Under for the AFC Championship is current 50 1/2. If you bet Over and the point total is 50, you will lose; but if the total is 51, you will win. The Over/Under for the NFC Championship is 42 points; this means there is a chance of a tie on this bet.

For each Over/Under bet, you will need to wager $110 in order to win $100.

I will be giving my selections for each of these bets closer toward the end of the week.

Other Types of Bets

There are also other bets that can be played. This include Parlay Bets, Teasers, Pleasers, Prop Bets and Future Bets.

Parlay Bets – You are betting on multiple games in order to win a larger percentage of money. You must get every bet correct in order to win a Parlay Bet; but if you do, you will receive a big payday.

Teasers/Pleasers – These two bets are opposites of each other. A Teaser is a bet that moves the spread in you favor. If the spread is -7 1/2 and you get a 7 point teaser, the spread will change to -0 1/2. If the spread is 7 1/2 and you get a 7 point teaser, the spread will change to 14 1/2. Since Teaser bets are easier to win, you will win less money. Pleasers work the exact opposite, the bet is harder to win, so you will win more money if you are correct.

Prop Bets – These are called Proposition bets and they can take all forms. You may place a prop bet that Tom Brady will throw for more than 300 yards. Other examples are which team will win the coin toss, how many turnovers will happen in the game, how many rushing TDs for one team and the list goes on and on.

Future Bets – These are usually early bets in the season. The most popular future bet is which team will win the Superbowl before the season starts. You will always get better odds the earlier you make this future bet. If you were to bet on Green Bay late in the regular season, you would have lost more money than betting on Green Bay before the season started.

Where can I bet on these football games?

All you have to do is click on one of the banners to 5Dimes, Bovada or BetOnline and sign up with these sports betting sites. After you make a deposit, you will be able to bet on any one of the bet shown.

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