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The Super Bowl is the NFL’s championship game and one of the biggest events in sport – a single game that crowns the best football team in the world. Over $10 billion is wagered on the event annually – according to the American Gaming Association, over $6.8 billion of that is bet by Americans alone – with NFL betting sites offering the usual NFL spreads and totals, but also some of the most diverse NFL prop bets imaginable.
The Super Bowl brings out the bettor in everyone. We can wager on the length of the national anthem, the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach, and, of course, the game itself, which features the top team from each NFL division.
Super Bowl LV winners
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reigning champions the Kansas City Chiefs, dominating the game from start to finish. Quarterback Tom Brady rolled back the years in the 31-9 win to secure his seventh Super Bowl – not just the most of any player, but more than any NFL franchise. Most online NFL sportsbooks had the Chiefs as -3 heading into the championship game, but the Bucs more than covered the spread and then some.
Super Bowl LV MVP
Having won six Super Bowl titles, including four Super Bowl MVPs, during his time in New England, this was Brady’s first award with the Bucs. The 43-year-old threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns, doing most of his work in the first-half to put his side practically out of sight by half-time.
2021 AFC winner
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs won their second AFC title in as many years, beating the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium 38-24. Having finished with a 14-2 record in the regular season, the Chiefs blew the Bills away in the middle half hour of the game, wining the second and third quarters 31-6. Patrick Mahomes threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns, with Tyreek Hill (172) and Travis Kelce (118) both going for 100+ yards receiving.
2021 NFC winner
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Led by the evergreen Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Aaron Rodgers’ Packers in Green Bay to claim the NFC title. The 43-year-old QB threw deep early and often to give Tampa a two-score lead that the Packers could never overcome, taking the Bucs to just their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, and their first in 18 years.
2021 regular season MVP
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished the regular season with 48 touchdowns, completing 70.7 percent of his passes, leading the league in both categories. It was the 37-year-old’s third MVP award, tying him with four other players in the all-time list. Only Peyton Manning, on five, has more.
Picking the Super Bowl champion is one of the most popular future bets available. Nearly all NFL betting sites offer this market throughout the entirety of the season, and even before future NFL schedules are announced, with odds constantly shifting as games are played.
Betting early gives the best odds and with each team starting with the same record at the beginning of the year, taking non-favorites can be appetizing. While the Kansas City Chiefs went into last season as favorites, at +500, we could have got +1200 on the eventual champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That number even drifted out mid-season, also. Both teams head up the NFL odds this preseason, but after strong starts, what about the Arizona Cardinals or San Francisco 49ers? There are NFL odds that we can take advantage of.
While only one team can win the Super Bowl, the NFL has two conference winners, with each of those earning a trip to the season’s final game. Choosing the winner of a conference final is therefore statistically easier than picking the Super Bowl winner, but the NFL odds will reflect that. Each conference has 16 teams with six making the playoffs in 2021-22 (compared to the seven teams last year in the pandemic-hit season).
Not many predicted Tennessee would make the AFC Championship game preseason, but even if we didn’t choose a conference winner at the beginning of the year, there’s no need to fret as some huge odds can still be found even after the regular season has concluded. The Washington Football Team may have had the worst record out of any team in the playoffs, but at +4000 odds to win the NFC, it will have been a wager to tempt some. Favorites have far smaller returns, as the Chiefs had odds of -120 on some NFL online betting sites to win the AFC in 2020-21. A big reason for this is that the best team in each conference gets a bye into the second round of the playoffs and only needs two wins to capture the conference title.
Picking a divisional winner is a bet best made at the beginning of the season and is a great NFL betting pick for players who want their money to stretch for a possible 17 weeks. That said, in some divisions it remains a tricky prediction to make – just see the four-way coin toss in the NFC West.
Each NFL division has just four teams which give NFL bettors a 25% chance of nailing their pick. Teams play their divisional opponents twice a season, which leads to some important games down the stretch. In the 2020-21 season, only the Kansas City Chiefs had worse than +100 odds to win their division. The Buffalo Bills (+450), Washington Football Team (+900), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+500) were all big divisional winners. One of the must-do bets every year is to parlay all eight divisional winners on a small wager. Turning $10 into $10,000 isn’t likely, but it sure makes the NFL season more exciting. The NFC South should be a safe part of the parlay, but it gets a lot trickier trying to work out who wins the NFC East? If betting NFL spreads and totals is getting stale, a look into divisional and conference winners is a great way to expand our wagering portfolio.
The NFL crowns a regular-season MVP each year and that player is announced one day before the Super Bowl. Much like everything else in the NFL, betting on the regular season MVP is an easy thing to do with many online NFL sportsbooks offering the market throughout the entire season.
Quarterbacks have dominated the award, having won 12 of the last 13 years. If we had placed a $10 bet on Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson in the 2019-20 season, we would be $8000 richer as 2019’s MVP was +8000 to win the award before the season started. Aaron Rodgers’ win last season was more predictable but would have still yielded a good profit at +3000 before the year got underway. Is Kyler Murray where the smart money is this year? Or is it Justin Herbert? The Super Bowl MVP can also be wagered on before the season starts but is more widely available once the Super Bowl matchup has been decided. Betting on the Super Bowl MVP is one of the most common NFL prop bets for the season’s biggest game.
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Betting the moneyline is the simplest of all football betting picks – just pick the winning team. Sometimes referred to as ML, the moneyline will have two sets of odds – one for each team. With ties being very rare in American football, the moneyline is a two-way market which means you only have two choices, a winning outcome and a losing outcome.
If we missed the start of a game and didn’t get a chance to get our bets in, there’s no need to worry. NFL in-game betting can be found on a majority of online NFL sportsbooks and lets us place wagers after the game has already begun.
Outside of spreads and totals, many derivative and prop markets are usually available to customers with the NFL lines and odds changing as the game goes on.
For example, if the Pittsburgh Steelers were -10.5 favorites before the game and were losing 14-3 after the first quarter, we might think of placing an in-game bet on the Steelers with the new live line of -3.5.
Beating the books is no easy task. Any advantage a bettor can have over the book is valuable and could mean the difference between being in the red or the black.
Getting certain perks, such as odds boosters or early payouts help put the odds slightly more in our favor. Every little bit helps and familiarizing ourselves with these promotion offerings is just one more tool we can use to help us win.
Many online NFL sportsbooks offer great sign-up bonuses and lure us with a plethora of promotions. Because of this, choosing a sportsbook can be intimidating, but researching and understanding the rules for these promotions can go a long way in helping us gain any advantages versus NFL sportsbooks.
Some NFL books offer bettors protection with multiple-leg parlays called parlay insurance. Let's say we make a five-game parlay and four of the five win, parlay insurance will pay us our original wager back when most books would deem that bet a loser.
Newer sportsbooks often offer a promotion called odds boosts. The book will offer better (boosted) odds on certain wagers that move the odds into the favor of the customer. These could include spreads, totals, moneylines, and prop markets. Some books allow customers to use the boost for bets of their choice while others offer only specific plays for the boost.
When signing up for a new NFL online sportsbook, it’s important to shop around for sign-up bonuses. Some books will match customers’ first-time deposits up to a certain amount. Players will sometimes have to bet that bonus a certain number of times (called a rollover) before the money can be withdrawn.
Sometimes we bettors don’t have to sweat through an entire game before winning our bets. Early payouts are a great promotion that turns our bet into a winner if our team is winning by a certain margin, before a game is even over. If we bet on the Dallas Cowboys to win the game (moneyline) and they jump out to a 17-point lead (or whatever the book’s set number for this promotion is) we will be paid for that bet regardless of the final outcome.
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There are numerous NFL betting sites around the world that offer markets. It is always best to use a respected brand based in a licensed territory. We’ve handpicked some of the best NFL betting sites to use on this page. Focus your attention on operators who offer large payout percentages, excellent customer experience and plenty of special offers and boosts.
Exact numbers are hard to come by, but it is estimated that nearly $100 billion is wagered on the NFL yearly. Americans bet over $6.8 billion on last year’s Super Bowl alone, according to the American Gaming Association. That was a 15% increase from the previous year.
Almost every online sportsbook will offer NFL spreads, totals, moneylines, and prop markets because the NFL is one of the most bet-on sports in the world. Finding where to bet on the NFL is easy. Finding an online NFL sportsbook that is right for us can be trickier – see our full list of NFL sportsbook reviews to help you with that here.
Yes, absolutely. As long as you are based in a territory where a particular sportsbook holds a license, and betting is legal in your country, you are free to enjoy NFL betting. It’s always worth checking whether or not there are any local, state or national restrictions.
Want to know how to bet on NFL games? It’s as simple as finding a sportsbook, signing up, depositing, and placing a bet. Users should only use books they feel comfortable with and remember that having accounts on multiple sportsbooks can also be beneficial.