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NFL online betting guide

Spreads, totals, props, NFL betting is big business across the globe and is one of the world’s most bet-on competitions. Betting on the National Football League is available to anyone with access to the many NFL online sportsbooks. It’s easy, exciting, and you might be able to make a profit along the way.

NFL Picks

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.

You can also follow our expert handicappers, who deliver regular NFL picks. If you love NFL betting, or want help in deciding where your money should go, then you can head directly to our NFL picks page.

NFL: Most popular markets

Picking the Super Bowl champion is one of the most popular future bets available. Nearly all NFL betting sites offer this market before and throughout 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. The Cincinnati Bengals went into the 2021 season at +6600, while that number jumped to +18000 at one point in the regular season. The eventual champions, the LA Rams started the preseason at +1200 and drifted up to +1500 in the regular season.

Despite the confetti just having dropped at the end of Superbowl LVI: the odds are already available on who will the Superbowl next season, with the Kansas City Chiefs (+650) and Buffalo Bills (+700) the two highest odds available.

NFL bets explained

Moneyline

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.

NFL odds

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Odds updated: May 28, 1:26 AM UTC

What is the Super Bowl?

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.

Reigning champions

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Super Bowl LVI winners

Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams beat the underdog, Cincinnati Bengals in a close run contest to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy, for the second time.

Rams Quarterback, Matt Stafford played an imperfect game, throwing two interceptions along with three touchdowns, but it was the Rams defense, led by Aaron Donald, Von Miller and Jalen Ramsey that would be the deciding factor. Perennial All-Pro DL, Donald creating havoc on 4th and 1 to force a turnover on downs with 39 seconds left to seal the victory, 23-20. Most online NFL sportsbooks had the Rams at -4 heading into Super Bowl Sunday, meaning they won outright but didn’t cover the spread.

Previous Winner Football Super Bowl MVP

Super Bowl LVI MVP

Cooper Kupp

Capping off a season for the history books: LA Rams’ Wide Receiver, Cooper Kupp won the Super Bowl LVI MVP trophy on the back of an eight reception, 92 yard, two touchdown performance. This proved a fitting end to a season in which he won the NFL receiving triple crown for leading in receptions, reception yards, and receiving touchdowns. Kupp also tied the record for most scrimmage yards by a Wide Receiver in a single season and the most receptions in a single postseason.

The Super Bowl MVP was won by the winning team’s Quarterback over 55% of the time leading up to Super Bowl LVI, making the two Quarterbacks, Matt Stafford of the Rams (+145) and Joe Burrow of the Bengals (+225), the two heaviest favorites. Cooper Kupp was the heaviest favorite who was not a Quarterback and, given the season he had: Kupp looked a solid bet to win the MVP trophy.

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2022 AFC winner

Cincinnati Bengals

In something of a fairytale season for the outsider Bengals, they were able to defeated the Super Bowl favorite, Kansas City Chiefs in a tight game that needed Overtime to decide a winner.

Trailing 21-10 at half time, the Bengals (+650) shut down the vaunted Chiefs offense in the second half: giving up a single Harrison Butker field goal while the Bengals offense battled to reach a 24-24 tie at the end of regulation. Despite winning the coin toss in overtime, Chiefs’ Quarterback, Pat Maholmes threw his second interception of the game to set up the Bengals for a 31-yard Evan McPherson field goal that would seal victory, 27-24. With the win, the Bengals would go on to play in their first Super Bowl since 1988.

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2022 NFC winner

Los Angeles Rams

Led by the former Detroit Lion, Matt Stafford: the Los Angeles Rams beat Coach Kyle Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers in a close-run game to claim the NFC title, 20-17.

Stafford threw for 337 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception in a come-from-behind win that included an 11 catch, 142 yard game for eventual Super Bowl MVP, Cooper Kupp. With their NFC Championship win, the Rams would go in to Super Bowl LVI in their home, SoFi Stadium, as the -4 favorites.

Previous Winner Football Super Bowl MVP

2022 regular season MVP

Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished the regular season with 37 touchdowns, completing 68.9% percent of his passes, while throwing just four interceptions. It was the 38-year-old’s fourth MVP award and his second in two years. Only Hall of Fame Quarterback, Peyton Manning has more, with five awards.

NFL standings

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AFC East W L T PF PA Home Away Conf Non-Conf Div Ats OU
1 Buffalo Buffalo 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
2 Miami Miami 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
3 N.Y. Jets N.Y. Jets 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
4 New England New England 0 0 0 0 0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

Last updated: May 28, 12:46 AM UTC

Live betting on the NFL

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.

NFL betting promotions

Parlay insurance

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.

Odds boosts

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.

Sign-up bonuses

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.

Early payouts

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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