How to Make Sure your NFL Bets Are Worth It

For many football fans, the only thing that matters more than watching the games themselves is placing bets on the outcome of every one of them. But even though you’ve got your pick of betting sites and apps these days, you must make sure that your NFL bets are worth it before putting your money down. There are plenty of ways to do this, and you can find them here!

  • NFL Spreads

If your bets are worth it, you need to understand how NFL spreads work. These spreads represent how many points a team is favoured by, which will affect how much they’ll win if they win by that amount of points. For example, if the Green Bay Packers are -3 over the Chicago Bears and Green Bay wins 23-16, Green Bay will have won (23 – 3) + (16 – 3) = 8 total points. Thus for this particular matchup, betting on the Packers was worth it.

  • Over/Under Total

An Over/Under Total bet is when you place a wager on the total number of points scored by both teams combined in the game. If you predict that the combined score will be over (or under) the agreed-upon total, then you win!

For example, let’s say that an analyst has predicted an Over/Under Total of 45. You want to bet that more than 45 points will be scored during the game, so you take the Over option for your wager and hope that it pays off. If not, this would have been a bad pick, and your potential losses on this one bet would be hefty.

  • Futures Betting

When it comes to betting on the Super Bowl, there are two ways that you can play: futures or proposition bets. The primary difference between the two is that with future bets, you get a little more of an idea of your chances of winning. Proposition bets are much more expensive and often include items such as whether or not a player will score a touchdown in the game. But if you’re someone who knows what they’re doing and wants some good odds, look into putting some money down on futures betting!

  • Point Spread Fades

When you have a point spread fade, you are betting on the underdog and hoping they will win and make the score in your favour. It can be risky, as both outcomes need to happen for it to be worth it. Fading point spreads can take a little bit of luck with them, but if you want something more high-risk, this is one way to go.


Be realistic about the types of teams that you bet on. Do your research and choose a team with a good chance of winning. Don’t get caught up in the hype. Remember, if you don’t win, it’s just as important not to lose more than you are willing to spend.

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Adam Regan
Adam Regan
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