NFL - American
Football betting, especially
pro football betting is one of the most popular choices of
US Sports bettors. The main professional league is the
National Football League (NFL), whose seventeen-week regular
season runs from September to December each year. There
follows one month of playoffs until the eventual Champion is
decided at the Super Bowl, the single biggest day in
The main action on American football games is in point
spread, or line, betting, where the sportsbook decides on a
margin of victory for the favourite that will make either
team an attractive betting proposition.
Consider the example below:
New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
In the example, the spread is
set at three points. The +3.0 after the New York Giants
means that the Giants are the underdog in this game; the
Giants must either win, or not lose by more than three
points, for a bet on the Giants to win.
The –3.0 after the Green Bay Packers means that the Packers
are the favourite; the Packers must win by more than three
points for a bet on the Packers to win.
If the Packers win by exactly three points, then the bet is
said to have fallen on the spread and is deemed a push. All
bets are voided and the stakes returned in this instance.
The second number, -110, after each team is the price of a
winning bet. A winning bettor will win $100 for every $110
For a football game to have action, the game must be played
for at least 55 minutes actual play. Overtime counts if
played, and there are usually a selection of related betting
markets to add extra value, choice and excitement, such as
totals, money line, winning margin betting, and the like.