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NFL Sports Betting Guide

During American Football season, the NFL attracts the lion’s share of sports betting action.

If you are keen on putting money on the Super Bowl or any of the regular season games, we’ve got all the information you need on how sports betting works, NFL games, history and the current favourites.

NFL History

The NFL was created in 1920 and was first known as the American Professional Football Association. It was subsequently renamed the National Football League in 1922 after its second season. During the early years, the Green Bay Packers dominated, winning an astounding 11 titles between 1929 and 1966. This was not an easy time for sports betting Canada bookmakers, as the favourites were always clear-cut.

In 1967, the NFL officially merged with the American Football League (AFL) and the first Super Bowl was played, and won by the Green Bay Packers. They went on to win the second Super Bowl in 1968, and were victorious after a long break in 1997, and 2011.

This year, the NFL turns 50, with the New England Patriots coming in as the defending Champions. The 2019 season kicks off on the 5th of September, and there are 17 weeks of hard-hitting action coming your way.

How NFL Odds Work

If you want to know how sports betting works, NFL odds are quite easy to understand. The odds are expressed in American format with a positive or negative sign next to the number such as +140 and – 160. The favourites will have a positive number, which is the total stake amount in order to win $100. For example, odds of +150 mean you must risk $150 to win a potential $100.

Underdog teams and high-stake odds will have a negative number. In this case, the number indicates how much you can potentially win from a $100 stake. For example, odds of -120 means you can potentially win $120 with by risking $100.

Popular NFL Markets

With NFL sports betting, there are plenty of markets to choose from. For anyone just starting out, there are three basic starting markets. These include Moneyline, Point Spread and Over/Under (totals).

Moneyline bets are the most popular and simply require you to predict which team will win. The odds are posted according to team rankings and previous game results. The point spread is used when two teams are heavily uneven. In such cases, the bookmaker will give the underdog a virtual point advantage. The favourite here might have odds of -7.5. This means the team must win by 8 points or more for your wager to be successful.

Over/under betting is also popular at sports betting Canada sites. Here, the bookmaker posts a number that is the combined score of both teams after full time. To place a wager, you must predict whether the actual score will be above (over) or below (under) the total posted by the bookmaker.

Favourites To Win The Super Bowl LIV

New England Patriots

Coming into the 2019 season, the New England Patriots are certainly the sports betting favourites. They are the most successful team in the Super Bowl era, with 11 wins from 1985 through to 2018. Founded in 1959, they call Boston home and have a secret weapon in the form of Tom Brady, one of the greatest Quarterbacks of all time.

Denver Broncos

It’s been three years since the Broncos tasted success, but they have the ability to come back in 2019. With eight titles under their belt, they are a seasoned team that hail from Denver, Colorado. They first started playing in 1960, but took 17 years to win their first title. Today, they are one of the most dangerous teams, and one of the few to match the power of the Patriots.

Green Bay Packers

If you are looking to place sports betting Canada wagers on the NFL, the Green Bay Packers are always a good bet. Yes, it has been 9 years since their last title, but they are still one of the greatest teams to ever play the game. Let’s not forget, they hold the most titles for pre and post Super Bowl championships!