NFL Betting Odds
NFL point spreads and over/unders may not fluctuate all that dramatically during the week, but the seasoned NFL bettor knows that even a change of a ½-point on the ’spread can speak volumes – and potentially spin wins from losses. In this spirit, you may find here the NFLbets Odds Feed from our partnering sportsbooks giving the current lines on NFL games featuring those old favorites.
The point spreads, over/unders and accompanying lines will be updated weekly as soon as the given online sportsbook site(s) releases them – which is to say within the hour after the final gun on Sunday for next Sunday’s games. The occasional game marked with lines reading “NL” (or “no line”) doesn’t mean the sportsbook isn’t making an offering on that game but rather that more information (typically the identity of the one or both teams’ starting quarterback) is needed before a line is released.
NFL future bets: Some of the world’s most popular wagers
Seriously, what football fan couldn’t love NFL future lines? Since a true devotee becomes conscious of the game at a tender young age, he/she goes through the annual ritual of making predictions about the season ahead. Naturally appealing, then, are NFL future odds, which typically pay off very rewardingly; in fact, for most NFL bettors, NFL future odds represent the best potential payout most will see all season.
In addition, three specific NFL future lines are especially appealing to the most casual sports bettor, namely “To Win Division”, “To Win Conference” and “To Win Super Bowl.” NFLbets would state without benefit of research or fear of contradiction that the “To Win Super Bowl” is certainly no. 1 among NFL future odds in popularity and is almost definitely the single most wagered-upon of all futures bets in the world, any sport. This is clearly the most gifted bet in the world and the most played by once-a-year bettors.
NFL future bets are, as the name implies, offerings on some future outcome related to NFL game or games. Now we can hear the wags among any NFLbets readers, saying something along the lines of “But aren’t all bets based in the future? I mean, it’s pretty hard to find a bookmaker who will take a bet on a past event.”
Fair enough, but NFL futures are essentially a special kind of proposition bets, meaning that these depend not on the outcome of a single game (as in the classic point spread, over/under and money line bets), but rather on an entire season or postseason.
Rapidly increasing in popularity are the “Over/under Wins for Season” and player proposition futures. Player props – futures of a specific sort – in the preseason include props of yards gained, touchdowns scored, etc.
As for tips for betting NFL future lines, this is typically where seasoned NFL bettors talk about “value betting.” For the risk involved, i.e. the number of unknown variables and amount of unpredictability, make NFL futures odds of +200 or lower odds simply not worth the money. One more tip: On individual0player futures bets, the under has hit on 65% to 69% of *all* such props and the odds of that under hitting increase with age; in other words, the older Player X, the less likely that NFL future line of “Player X goes for Y number of yards”, “of touchdowns”, “of sacks” and the like pay out.
What do changing odds mean?
Pragmatically speaking, NFL betting odds, when first posted week to week, reflect both realistic prognostications and marketability. Leading Las Vegas bookmakers may agree with every other sane NFL fan and agree that, likesay, the New England Patriots could smoke the Arizona Cardinals in Massachusetts in late November by 21 points – but there’s no way any NFL bettor would back either side in that bet.
Thus, when a line of +5½ drops to +4½ by Sunday, this is tantamount to Vegas admitting way too much money is coming in via bets on the underdogs and that the original point spread was well too generous. Despite the tightness of communications networks in the late 2010s, massive fluctuations of several points may happen.
The most notable recent example of a massive change was for Super Bowl LIII. The Los Angeles Rams actually began as 1-point favorites before tractor-trailer loads’ wroth of money immediately began flowing in on Belichick, Brady and the boys from Boston. Within 24 hours of first release, the point spread had become a “pick ’em” before eventually settling on New England +2 (or at some bookmakers, +2½).
The first opportunity to take advantage of moving point spreads obvious: Those looking to back the Patriots in that Super Bowl would have been best off taking New England at even odds or minus-1, essentially meaning an outright win paid at -110 odds. NFL bettors paying attention, though, were all over the under. Despite the fact that the overwhelming number of wagers were backing the Patriots, who had hit the over in three straight Super Bowl appearances and the over had gone 4-2 in the last six Pats ’Bowls, the over/under was drawing no action at all. Yet the O/U stayed at a very Rams defense-favorable 55½ points and hit.
The point: Watch those betting lines.