The NFL is America’s biggest sports league, and also the one that attracts the most betting action. At BetPicks, we give you a breakdown of how it all works, tips/strategies for betting, along with NFL free picks and NFL parlays.
The National Football League is America’s most-watched sport. The league features 32 teams from across the country that face off every week, competing for a shot to play in the Super Bowl. There are two conferences in the NFL, the AFC, and the NFC. Within each conference, there are 4 divisions, the North, South, East, and West, each division contains four teams.
Football games are 60 minutes long, taking place over 4 quarters, with a break at the half. Each team will play 16 games. There are 17 weeks of the NFL regular season, so teams play every week except for one throughout the season. Teams play every team in their division twice in the regular season and then play games against one other division in their conference, and one outside of their conference, as well as two games against random opponents. Games are played on Sunday typically, with either one or two games on Monday, and one on a Thursday.
Once the regular season ends, 7 teams from each conference will make the playoffs. These teams will be the 8 division winners, and 3 wildcards in each conference. The wildcard teams are the teams with the best record that didn’t win their division. 1 team from each conference will get a bye, and then based on record teams will face off. This means the division winner with the best record who didn’t get a bye will play the wildcard winner with the worst record and so on. Eventually, there will be two teams left in each conference. They’ll play each other to determine who is the NFC and AFC champion, and then those teams will play in the Super Bowl.
The NFL is great for betting because teams only play once a week. There is always a ton of analysis done throughout the week, and each game is extremely important to a team’s playoff chances, as they only play 16. The NFL is the most betted upon league because each game is such an important event. With so many people tuning in for NFL games, there are a ton of different NFL odds and NFL lines available to bet on. Odds and lines are the projections for games that oddsmakers create. We give a further breakdown of the different types of NFL betting lines that experts create in a section below.
If you are just starting, there are many terms and types of bets you can make on the NFL that might be confusing. To help make betting simple, we’ve created a list of some of the different kinds of markets and lines you might find: