The National Football League otherwise known as the (NFL) is the elite football league in the United States, it is important to note that ‘football’in the United States refers to a sport that has a stuck resemblance with rugby and not soccer. The NFL is arguably the most popular sport in America and is not a surprise that the Super Bowl is the most watched television event of the year, it is also the wealthiest professional sport league by revenue.
The League was formed 100 years ago in the year 1920 under the name American Professional Football Association. In its inaugural year the league consisted of 10 teams none of which are still part of the NFL today. What has not changed is the popularity of this league as millions watch the NFL via live broadcasts while the stadiums are packed to capacity in electrifying fashion. The NFL has the highest average attendance of any professional sports league in the world including some of the popular leagues you can think of like La Liga and EPL.
The most successful team in the history of the league is the Green Bay Packers with a total of 13 NFL championships, 9 of them coming before before the Super Bowl era and four others coming Super Bowls afterwards. the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots are the most successful teams in the Super Bowl era with a total of six championship titles apiece.
Structure of the NFL’s regular season
The league has expanded from offering just 10 teams in its early stages and now there is a total of 32 teams in the NFL. The 32 teams are split equally into two conferences of 16 teams each which are called the NFC and the AFC, NFC stands for National Football Conference whilst AFC stands for American Football Conference, both these conferences were created in 1970 when the NFL merged with a then rival called American Football League. There are 4 divisions of 4 teams each in each conference which means there is a total of 8 divisions if we are to combine all the two conferences together. To see more on the teams go to NFL teams.
Each team in the NFL plays 6 matches against its three division rivals in a round robin format with a home and away match against all three teams. Besides these six matches, a team will also play six more matches against six other teams from its conference and a further four matches against teams from a division outside of its conference. All in all a team will play a total of sixteen matches in a regular 17 week long season.
When does the NFL season run?
The NFL regular season starts in September of each year and it starts the week after Labor Day which is celebrated on the first Monday of the month of September in the United States. The first game which is usually played a home game for the defending champions is played on a Thursday night but most of the NFL games are played on a Sunday with a games played on Mondays and Thursdays. The NFL season is 17 weeks long and it ends a week after Christmas.
Major matches/tournaments for the NFL
Besides the regular NFL season which only runs for four months, there are also other tournaments in the NFL because four months of football will just not be enough for such a huge sport and the players will lose shape. Below is a list of the NFL tournaments.
From the 32 teams who qualify during the NFL regular season, only a third of those teams will qualify for the NFL Playoffs and the playoff seeds will be determined by their positions in their respective divisions. Each winner of the four divisions of both the AFC and the NFC qualify for the NFL making it 8 teams, then two of the second placed teams in each conference with the next best records progress to complete the 12 teams which will participate in the NFL. When it comes to seeding, the division winner with the best record is given the top seed, the team with the second-best record is given the second seed. The wildcard teams are always seeded fifth and sixth, and the fifth seed goes to the wildcard team with the better record. The NFL playoffs are played throughout January across three weekends. In the first two rounds, four teams from each conference are eliminated whilst the final weekend and playoff round is where teams can book their place in the Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl is one of the biggest championship game of the National Football League which is played annually in early February. The game is played by the winners of the league’s AFC and NFC and is hosted by a different city each year. The Super Bowl game is so popular that it is viewed by millions online throughout the world while others watch it from taverns, and restaurants throughout the country. The 2018 edition was broadcast in more than 170 countries and was watched by as many as 104.3 million viewers on TV.
The Pro bowl is the all-star game for the NFL which features players from the NFC and AFC conferences squaring off against each other. The players who take part in these games are voted for by coaches, players, and fans which makes this game a very exciting game. The Pro bowl game is held between the final week of playoffs and the Super Bowl. The players are selected by way of ballots and each group’s ballots count for one third of the votes. The fans also vote online at the NFL’s official website.
Best 5 teams from last season.
The 2019 NFL season was historic due to the fact that it was the 100th season of the National Football League. Two standout perfomers in the NFL last season were AFC champions Kansas City Chiefs and NFC champions San Francisco 49ers, Chiefs emerged victorious with 31–20 over San Francisco 49ers. The other top performing teams were Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers who were part of the Playoffs last 4. Houston Texans are also worth mentioning because they also had a good NFL season.
The National Football League (NFL) is one of the most popular sports in the United States in fact it is the most watched sport in the U.S ahead of the NBA. The league began 100 years ago in the year 1920 from Ohio and it has grown in popularity ever since and not only do people watch the NFL matches, many punters worldwide are betting on NFL games and winning lots of money and quite frankly, betting on the NFL has become nearly as popular as watching the game itself. The reason why the National Football League is so popular is because there are a lot of industries that benefit from the NFL including the betting industry which gets a lot of betting content from the league.
Punters from all over the world are studying previous match statistics and trends in a bid to get the better of the bookmakers and make some money. Due to the popularity of the National Football League, the NFL offers the various ways to place a wager and quite frankly the NFL is by far the most popular bet of all the major American sports. The purpose of this article is to explain the most popular football wagers including moneyline, totals, spread and many other markets.
The Moneyline market is probably the most popular bet in the NFL probably because of its simplicity, the bet is very easy to place and understand. Moneyline bets are bets placed by simply predicting on which team will win the game, regardless of the score. Moneyline bets can be extremely profitable when betting on the underdog because the underdogs have very high odds because they are considered highly unlikely to win, on the other hand, betting on favourites yields a lesser payout. Below is an explanation of a moneyline bet:
Houston Texans +180
Indianapolis Colts -164
Indianapolis Colts are the favourites from this example and favourites are represented by the minus (-) sign before the price. The -164 price means that the punter will win $100 for every $164 bet if the bet comes true. The +180 bet for Houston Texans means that if they win the game, a punter with a $100 bet gets a return of $180.
This bet is also popular and is a very simple one to understand. With Totals, the punter bets on whether the points scored in a match will be over or under the number which has been set by the Bookmaker. The betting totals which are predetermined by the bookmakers are a combined score of both teams in the game at the end of regular time. The odds for the totals market are usually statistics based and bookmakers usually predetermine competitive matches to be lower scoring and than less competitive matches.
A bookmaker can predetermine that the match between Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts will end with a total of 63 points and the punter must then bet on whether the total will be either below or above the predetermined 63 points.
The point spread is one of bet that dictates NFL wagering. The spread is a type of bet that equalizes the punter’s chances of winning a bet in a case of two unevenly matched teams. When a punter bets on a match featuring an underdog and a favourite, the bookmakers will institute a point spread where the underdogs are given a virtual point advantage.
Houston Texans +10 (-110)
Indianapolis Colts -10 (-110)
In this example, the Indianapolis Colts are 10 point favourites over the Houston Texans. The (-) sign beside the spread amount indicates the favourite because they are essentially having 10 points taken away from them, while the (+) sign indicates the underdog because they are basically having 10 points added to their score.
Sports betting markets are not only based on the final outcome of the match but there are some markets that are based on specific moments of the game like the Quarter Lines. The quarter line market is used to determine the winner between the two teams at the end of the 1st quarter and that is where the bet is settled irregardless of the final outcome of the game.
A parlay bet is one of the most popular form of bet in the betting industry where punters opt to bet on a group of teams by combining them to make a single wager as compared to betting on several teams individually. If you are familiar with soccer betting, think of a parlay as an accumulator because it’s basically the same thing. The good thing about a parlay is that the payout is greater and the risk is less, but the tricky part is that all your selections in your parlay need to win and the odds of winning a parlay are always stacked against punters.
The ‘futures’ are types of bets placed on an event that will occur in the future. The most popular future bet in the NFL is predicting the team which will win the Superbowl. There is a huge number of punters who bet on the futures whilst others cannot bear the thought of waiting for the whole season for the bet to pay out. Bets for the outright Championship winner will be released as early as the previous Championship ends so the time frame from when the bet is placed and when the payout is due is incredibly long but all this adds to the entertainment brought about by the futures market.
The 1st Half line market is another market that does not depend on the final outcome of the match but is used to determine the winner between the two teams at the end of the 1st half or the first two quarters. To be successful with this bet, you must be aware of how teams perform at certain points, some teams are quick to settle into matches whilst others are good second half teams.
The prop bets which are proposition bets are bets which are placed on how a certain player will perform or what will happen at a certain point in a game, by definition, are betting markets that occur during a game. There is quite a large number of props in NFL betting with bookmakers updating player and team props on NFL matches. Props are not affected by the final outcome or score of the game. Below is an example of a prop
Who Will Score First?
Houston Texans (-150)
Indianapolis Colts (-120)9. Teasers
This bet is quite similar to a parlay in the sense single games are combined into a multiple-game bet where all the teams that form part of the teaser have to hit in order for a punter to win. What separates a teaser from a parlay is that a punter may alter point spreads and over/under totals between 4 and 10 which makes the wagers appear to be easier to win. The teasers do not pay as much as parlays because they are considered easier to win.
This bet is the exact opposite of teasers, in that you make a multiple-team bet and instead of getting points, you give them away. The pleaser isn’t always available, but the common point-dump is 7 points. So if you like the Houston Texan at -3 and the Indianapolis Colts at +4, a pleaser would make it the Houston Texan -10 and the Indianapolis Colts -3. If you win, you collect a hefty 8-1. Three teams pays 25-1 and a four-team bet gets you 60-1. And those seemingly-huge payouts don’t even represent the true odds of hitting this type of bet.