When it comes to betting, it’s never easy. And, betting on the NFL isn’t easy either. With so many factors to consider, who do you turn to? With a little luck, a lot of knowledge, understanding the basics and trusting a company or person to help you choose your picks, you’ll be on your way to making money. Having a strategy in place is always important to have in the regular season and in the playoffs.
Bet With Your Head, Not Your Heart
It sounds obvious, right? Use your head and never bet with your heart. But, many betters — whether you’re a beginner or not — make this mistake often. They bet without using knowledge and insights behind it.
Throw in our own personal biases and it can be even more difficult, as if you’re betting on sports you probably have a favorite team. Whether it’s a favorite team or one you hate, make sure to set aside your personal preferences.
Becoming more objective towards your NFL bets is literally the easiest way to make smarter bets. Often times, it doesn’t even require a strategy or analysis. It’s just about using common sense. So, keep your eye on the best lines and best odds and avoid getting into a rabbit hole by betting on your favorite teams.
Know The Matchups Ins and Outs
Football is can often be referred to as the ultimate team sport, but there are certain one-on-one matchups that can really affect the outcome of a game.
For example, a team with a weak offensive tackle should not be expected to perform well against the premier edge-rushers in the league. Pro Tip: Pay attention to these major skill discrepancies between players who will be going head-to-head.
Often times, coaches are the head-to-head matchups people compare and consider when making a bet on who will win, or betting on spreads. Each coach uses their own strategy so pay attention to those matchup stats.
Diversification Is Key
There is success to be had betting on the moneyline, the spread, and game totals. But to really be successful, it is important to know all your other options, or alternative bets you can make on the game. You never want to spread yourself too thin, but if you diversify, the chances of losing big are slimmer.
Place Educated Bets
Betting the underdog on the moneyline can certainly pay off, however you need to consider why long odds are so long in the first place. When placing a bet, make sure you have specific reasons and logic behind taking a +800 underdog on the moneyline, because you can be sure the oddsmakers used reason and logic to set that moneyline in the first place. We generally recommend limiting parlays and teasers to 2-5 events when betting on the NFL.