NFL Sports Betting

Every year, millions of dollars are won and lost on NFL sports betting. During the NFL season, it doesn’t always pay to simply bet on the favorites. In fact, most of the money that can be made is best made on the underdogs.

For the most part when it comes to NFL sports betting, or any other kind of sports betting for that matter, underdogs are not that well respected. One of the best things that you can do before you place your bet on a game is to research past historical trends to figure out if an underdog is balanced for an upset. Sometimes, a good team, also known as the favorite, can underestimate an underdog and focus their attention elsewhere, giving the underdog an advantage. As a bettor, this is something to take into consideration.

Most bettors love the favorites and sometimes, as a result, the lines are high without due cause. There is something called a public “bandwagon effect” where popular teams are simply popular because so many people have jumped onto the bandwagon. Every year, underdog teams win against popular teams, but sometimes the public turns a blind eye to this because they are too busy rooting for the team that is supposed to be a favorite.

When it comes to NFL sports betting, unlike in college ball, you don’t have to blow-out a team. In the NFL, more often than not the big leads usually decrease and the underdogs come in late in the game. The favorites that move quickly normally don’t run the score up because the coaches would rather not risk their star players getting injured.

In terms of equality amongst teams, the NFL has taken some huge steps. In fact, some teams that weren’t even supposed to make it as far as they did ended up not only going far in the season, but winning the Super Bowl – even when just the year before they had losing records. When betting on college teams, going with the favorite is usually a good bet. However, when it comes to the NFL sports betting on Sunday afternoon it can be almost anybody’s game.

If you look at the numbers and at history, the point spread really only matters about 16 percent of the time in the NFL and when you are NFL sports betting you should take that into consideration. The majority of the time, the team that is going to win is the team that covers the spread. If you have done your research and there are underdogs that you like then you can wager them to win straight-up and get nearly 4 times your bet back. For a straight up win, 7 point underdogs can garner you around $250 for a $100 bet, while a 3 point underdog can pay out at about $140.

Statistical and situational research is important in NFL sports betting. Resist the urge to go with the favorite every time and instead, look at historical trends when it comes to both teams. This can not only give you an edge over other bettors, but can also result in a bigger payout for you if you wind up betting on an underdog team that ends up winning the game. Unlike college football, taking chances can really pay off in some cases.

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