The NFL season arrives every September and it's a time of the year sports fans across the world are fired up to see arrive. Whether you're looking for incredible touchdowns, eye-opening interceptions, or hard hits, the National Football League delivers time and time again. For sports bettors out there, the best news available is that NFL betting has never been easier, with NFL Betting Odds being updated on a daily basis and up-to-the-minute updates being provided in the heart of every campaign.
The odds for the 2021 Superbowl are now available, be sure to check back with this page for the latest odds as the market moves. The odds were last updated on September 7, 2020:
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In this piece, we're going to be breaking down exactly what you should be looking for when it comes to NFL lines and what they mean, how to analyze an NFL spread and so much more.
NFL Betting Lines
As things progress and you're making your football wagers, the NFL Betting Lines will always be the first thing you take a look at. These are the numbers that will represent the different kinds of odds you'll have for your bets you make either for a team, player, prop bet, futures bet, or anything else football related you can bet on.
For example, you could see NFL Week 1 lines that massively favor the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LA Rams, Las Vegas Raiders, and multiple other teams for their showdowns to kickstart the season. It will then be on you to decide whether or not you think they'll end up covering the spread, or choose those teams for a moneyline bet.
Breaking this down even further, let's say that your favorite team is the Green Bay Packers and you're dead set on placing a Week 1 bet on them. As soon as the Vegas NFL odds are out, you'll be able to see the line for them heading into their first showdown. If they're playing the New York Jets, you'll likely have the Las Vegas NFL odds favor Green Bay in a big way.
So, for this particular example, we'll say the Packers are listed at -8, with the Jets at +8. This NFL line means the Packers are favored by eight points, with New York set at eight-point underdogs. You'll have multiple NFL betting options with this line.
"It was a crazy feeling."
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) August 20, 2020
You could take the Packers to cover that NFL spread, which would mean they'd have to win by at least nine points for your bet to hit. If they win by eight, it'd be a push, while a win by seven or less is a loss for you. A moneyline bet on the Packers would be an option too, but because they're such high favorites, you wouldn't receive a high payout.
In that same game, you'll also see an over/under line. For a Packers-Jets showdown, you might see it listed at around 44.5 points. Again, it'll be on you to make a decision as to whether or not it will be a high-scoring affair, or if the two defenses will step up and make it a low-scoring game.
If you take the over, the two sides would have to combine for 45 points for you to win. If the Packers take down the Jets 28-21, you're in the clear because that total is 49. However, if they win 21-14, you'd lose your bet because only 35 points were scored in that game.
NFL Odds This Week
One thing that's important to remember for your NFL bets is that the NFL odds this week will surely be different than the ones throughout the season. You could have the Cowboys favored to win a game for one game, but then the script will be changed seven days later and they'll find themselves as the underdogs for a completely different battle.
That just speaks to the incredible amount of talent there is in the NFL, with each team holding so many great stars both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. This is apparent for every single NFL conference. For the Kansas City Chiefs, it's not often they'll find themselves behind in the eyes of the oddsmakers, but it can happen.
Typically, you'd think that because of Patrick Mahomes' incredible arm strength and ability to make plays outside of the pocket, the offense would be able to put up at least 28-35 points per game. So, it will be common to see their over/under odds placed with a high number each weekend.
But, what if Mahomes and Co. are getting ready to take on the Chicago Bears, who just so happen to have the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL that season. To make matters worse for Mahomes and the rest of his offense, the game is set to be played at Soldier Field.
You didn't think it could get any worse for the Chiefs? The game is also scheduled for mid-December in freezing temperatures, with six inches of snow expected to be on the field, with even more falling throughout the game.
— T.K. Gore (@TKGore) December 24, 2017
Normally, as we mentioned above, the Chiefs might be expected to drop 35 points in a game, but going up against the Bears on the road on a snowy field would likely prevent that from happening.
There are so many different aspects you need to consider before placing your money down. The Chiefs example we provided just shows how many different variables can affect an NFL game.
For that Chiefs-Bears battle, if the over/under was set at 50 points at the start of the week, but then you notice the weather report taking a turn for the worse, hammering the under would be a smart choice.
NFL Offensive Line Rankings
The guys up front who go to war in the trenches are often underappreciated by the average National Football League fan. Indeed, offensive lineman never gets the love they deserve a week in and week out for the incredible job they do protect quarterbacks and opening up holes.
For NFL bets, though, the NFL Offensive Line Rankings are no doubt something you need to consider in advance of putting any kind of money on the line. This is especially going to be the case if an offense is going to face off against an incredible pass-rush.
For a Week 5 NFL tilt, you might see the Cleveland Browns take on the Seattle Seahawks. In this instance, let's assume the Browns, as has been the case over the years, feature an offensive line that struggles and is ranked in the bottom five of the NFL. Meanwhile, for Seattle's defense, its defensive ends and defensive tackles lead the league in sacks and quarterback hurries.
This would be a recipe for disaster for the Browns. If you've got a terrible offensive line and your team is getting ready to face a team that's been known all season for posting plenty of sacks, the Cleveland quarterback is going to assumedly have a nightmare kind of day even trying to get rid of the football before there's a defensive linemen all up in his face getting ready to bring him down behind the line of scrimmage.
In this instance, it'd be smart to bet big on the Seahawks to win this game and not even think about touching the Cleveland Browns with a 10-foot pole. So, for your bets, always consider the offensive line. Whether you're betting on a regular-season game or the Super Bowl, one of the biggest sports events of the year, the play of the offensive line must always be something you're thinking about.
NFL Over Under
We discussed the NFL Over-Under kind of bets previously in this piece, but these odds aren't only limited to games, which is something we wanted to be clear about. You can also find different over/under lines for how many touchdowns a player might throw in a season, how many games a team will win throughout the year, and many more kinds of bets out there.
For the touchdowns example, you might find the NFL Las Vegas odds list Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott with an over/under of 35 touchdowns. This is a high number, but given Prescott's great talents and Dallas is known for always having star receivers, 35 is certainly a number that's reachable.
Picking that over/under would also give you even more reason to watch the Cowboys on a weekly basis, which shouldn't be a problem if they're one of your favorite teams. We just hope you don't see an NFL bad beat coming your way on this particular bet.
Let's draw up the worst-case scenario: It's Week 16 in the NFL and Prescott has thrown 31 touchdowns on the year. In a game against the Giants, Prescott throws three touchdowns heading into the fourth quarter and he's at 34 for the year. You've taken the over and need two more to win, and one to push.
— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) August 14, 2020
Late in the game, Dallas is down at the five-yard line, but Prescott throws a sick touchdown pass. However, that score is brought back due to offensive pass interference. On the next play, Ezekiel Elliott takes a handoff and bursts his way up the middle for a touchdown to win the game. Prescott stays at 34 touchdowns for the year and you've lost your bet. That'd be an absolute heartbreaker.