NFL betting tips: How to bet on the 2017 NFL season

Our guide to betting on the NFL (credit:Leigh Copson)

Betting on the NFL has never been easier and there has never been more markets to choose from, but if you are a newcomer to betting on the National Football League here is a guide to everything you need to know.

We have come a long way from the days when the bookmakers offered a handful of betting markets for NFL games. No longer are you restricted to traditional markets such as Match Winner, First Touchdown Scorer and Anytime Touchdown Scorer, you now have a massive selection of betting markets to choose from every single week.

And betting markets are not the only things you can sink your teeth into, because bookies are offering more and more betting promotions from the NFL. Each week you will be able to claim special price boosts and also place bets that come with a spot of insurance via money back promotions.

Here we run down some of our favourite NFL betting markets and the bookmaker offers you can expect to see during the 2017 NFL season…

Spread Betting


Ever wanted to back a team to win but think their odds are far too short? Spread betting offers you the chance to back a favourite at bigger odds, while you can also get even larger odds if you are looking to back an underdog.

Spread betting could not be any simpler. The bookmaker will give the favourite a fictional handicap and the underdog a fictional head start. So, for example, if New England were favourites for a game against Buffalo, the bookies could give the Patriots a -6.5 handicap with the Bills +6.5.

At the end of the game, depending on which bet you placed, you would either knock 6.5 points off New England’s total or add 6.5 to Buffalo’s total. If your team still wins the game after this adjustment, your bet would be a winner.

For example, if you backed the Patriots -6.5 and they won 21-13, they would still be 14.5-13 winners once the handicap was taken off so your bet would be a winner. If they won 20-14, after the 6.5 points were removed they would be 13.5-14 losers which means your bet loses. If you backed Buffalo +6.5 and they lost 20-14, you would be a winner because the Bills would be 21.5-20 winners once you add those five points on.

The bookmakers offer Spread Betting for every single game and there will always be a variety of handicaps to choose from. Usually it is a case that the bigger the spread, the bigger the price so for those games where one side is a massive favourite, you may end up having to back them to win by a large margin in order to land a decent return.

Player Prop Betting


We all know that American sports are very stats-driven and that makes them perfect for betting on because you can always get the numbers you need before placing your bets. Is a dominant running back coming up against a defense that is terrible against the run? Is a quarterback coming up a dreadful secondary that struggles to defend against the pass?

The stats will always be there to tell you whether or not a player is going to have a big day. And that brings me to Player Prop Betting, which has become increasingly popular over the years. No longer are you restricted to betting on the outcome of an actual game, you can now bet on how individual players will perform during the game. From how many yards a quarterback will pass for to how many yards a running back will rack up on the ground. From how many yards a receiver will notch to how many all-purpose yards that durable back will record, you will have plenty of options for every single game.

For example, when the Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions the bookmakers will offer you the chance to predict how many yards running back Adrian Peterson will rush for. Usually this will be done in an Over/Under format with the bookie setting a benchmark, ie. it could be plus or minus 84.5 yards. So if you back Peterson +84.5 yards your bet will be a winner if he runs for 85 yards or more, and if you back Peterson -84.5 yards and he runs for 84 or less, you will be a winner.

Player prop betting is a great way to make a profit betting on the NFL and each week USFootballTips.com will be offering the pick of the player prop bets to place.

Over/Under Betting


In Player Prop Betting you got an example of Over/Under Betting. Well, Over/Under betting is not just restricted to the players because you can also bet on markets like Total Points, First-Half Points, Second-Half Points etc.  The bookmakers will offer you a host of options to choose from, it just depends on how many points you expect to see in a game. Are two great defenses going to be on show? If so, go for a low total. Are two incredible offenses going to keep the scoreboard staff busy? Go high.

For example, when the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints went head-to-head in 2015 it was inevitable that the two high-powered offenses would rack up the points against two of the poorest defenses in the NFL. Prior to the game the bookies may have offered odds on such points totals as 64.5, 78.5 and 89.5, with punters given the opportunity to go over or under. Between them the Saints racked up 101 points so if you had backed them for +89.5 Total Points you would have been a winner. And of course, if you had gone Under 78.5 Total Points your bet would have been a loser.

Over-Under Betting is a great way to make a profit when betting on the 2017 NFL season and you will not be short of options each and every week because these markets will be available for every game from opening weekend right through to, and including, the Super Bowl.

NFL Promotions


The growth of the NFL’s popularity has led to bookmakers offering more and more markets and more and more betting promotions. Each week the leading firms offer its customers price boosts, cashback promotions and accumulator bonuses, and here are some of our favourites…

Enhanced Wincasts – Not content with simply backing a player to score a touchdown or simply backing a team to win? You can now place a single bet on both happening and you could do it at an enhanced price. Each week William Hill offer special enhanced wincasts, selecting one man from each team to score a touchdown as his team run out winners, and that means you could give your winnings a shot in the arm if, for example, Rob Gronkowski scored a TD in a New England victory.

Accumulator Offers – Accumulator betting is a great way to land a big return when betting on the NFL, and it is also a method of betting that can come with a spot of insurance. Bookmaker bet365 continue to offer bonuses of up to 50% if your NFL Parlay bet is a winner, while Paddy Power have traditionally offered a cashback promotion that sees them refund losing stakes if one leg of your NFL accumulator lets you down.

New Customer Enhancements – For the big games the bookmakers now offer an incentive to bet with them in the form of special enhancements. For example, in the 2015 season the Denver Broncos were around 2/1 to win the Super Bowl with the bookies, but Betfair offered new customers the chance to back Peyton Manning & Co. at enhanced odds of 7/1. So instead of a celebrating a £20 return when they won, you would have scooped £70 from Betfair. Paddy Power and Ladbrokes are among the bookies that offer enhancements on the NFL, and USFootballTips will let you know when they do.


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NFL betting tips: How to bet on the 2017 NFL season

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