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Those NFL TV Games - Betting Strategy and Tips for Newcomers to NFL
NFL football has been on English
television for quite some time now,but to be honest,in the
past,never found it very entertaining,particularly as it seemed to
go on for so long,and apparently the ball is in play for roughly
just 8 minutes.
However,friends and fellow punters seem to
enjoy the games,and there are loads of betting opportunities
available on NFL games.
So,I watch those games now,particularly as some games are
broadcast free to view,and had a couple of bets,and I am actually
showing a profit - so I am beginning to like NFL a lot more than I
This article is mainly for
newcomers to NFL betting,like myself,,but may also have some
strategies for more experienced punters of NFL games.
you need to know the markets you can bet on during NFL games.
There are 3 main,simple betting
Money Line - this is
is just betting odds on who will win the game (draw not included).
Handicap - This is similar to adjustments used in English Rugby
league games,where a superior team is given a handicap to make the
game more even regards betting options.
Totals - This is
betting on the number of points that BOTH teams score.Spread bettors
will be familiar with this format - the term used for NFL games is
"over/under" ,and you just bet over if you think the combined score
will be higher than bookmaker offers,or under if you think it will
be less than total quoted.
These are the 3 main betting
options,and novices should maybe stick to these bets,but there are
many more betting options when you start to understand the nuances
of the game.
The more sophisticated betting opportunities
include bets for each quarter or half,adjusted handicap
markets,season long bets - there are hundreds of betting choices for
NFL games for you to consider.
So,what is the best strategy and advice
for betting on NFL games to show a profit ?.
One thing you won't find lacking is stats about NFL teams and
players - there is so much out there that it can be overwhelming,but
pick a niche to bet on and really understand that market,and spot
when the bookies make a mistake.
One simple pointer when
evaluating a game is Yardage.
This is always available on a
match,and Yardage just tells you how much a team,on average,advances
or retreats.If a team has a much higher Yardage advance than their
opponents,then they should dominate the game.
Home - Field
advantage - this is the advantage a side has when playing at home -
3 points is the figure that has held steady for decades.This is of
course built into the Handicap odds.
newcomers like myself,no side is ever relegated from the NFL
league,so complacency must surely come into your considerations
towards the end of the season when some NFL teams have nothing to
play for,and that 3 point home advantage may not apply.
Winners - NFL games tend to be very tight until teams make a big
push in the last few minutes of a game.
For this reason many
games end with a 3 point victory (field goal),or 7 point win
(touchdown and conversion).
More than 30% of NFL games are
decided by those 3 and 7 point victories - handicap,and spread
bettors take note !.
Set aside a bankroll - this
strategy should be used for all your different sectors of sports
betting.Only by doing this will you clearly see your profit or loss
for each sport you bet on.You decide the size of your betting
bankroll,but suggest you bet 4 or 5 % of the total,which will smooth
out your losing runs.
By the way don't increase the amount you bet - just stick to
that percentage figure of bankroll - if you are winning your bets
will automatically increase in size,and get lower if you are losing
- so many punters do just the opposite,which is a recipe for
You don't have to bet ! -
sometimes you will analyse a game and just not see anything you are
comfortable betting,as the odds offer nothing attractive to
you.Nobody likes losing,but if you bet just for the sake of it,it
hurts more - only bet when you think the odds warrant a bet.
Spread Betting Value - spread betting firms know that most punters
like to bet high (or over as used in NFL matches)as the winnings are
not capped,unlike low (under) bets are.So,many shrewd punters bet
low safe in the knowledge that the spread has been tweaked upwards
to penalise those high backers.
Get bets on early - odds
compilers are basically guessing,just like you and me.For this
reason early odds and spreads are tentative,and are put out to see
what punters are backing.As the match gets closer,the odds tighten
and get more realistic,so get bets on early to take advantage of any
bookmakers errors that will disappear as kick off approaches.
Avoid those Parlay bets - a Parley (known as an accumulator in
England ) bet involves betting on 2 or more outcomes within a single
Multiple bets whether
yankees,Lucky 15s etc.,and Parlay bets should always be swerved -
always bet in singles,and increase,or decrease your stakes in
reaction to how you are bankroll percentage dictates.
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