Submitted by Mike Pickett on Tue, 08/16/2011 - 10:40
In each of the past five NFL preseasons, either the Indianapolis Colts or the New England Patriots (and in 2009 it was both) have been the Super Bowl favorite.
History tells us that only once in those five seasons did the preseason favorite actually win (Super Bowl XLII, Colts over Bears). That means history tells us there should be value to be had betting Super Bowl futures.
Last year, the Packers entered the season at 10/1 odds, slightly behind the Colts at 8/1. So a $100 wager on the Packers last September would have paid $1,000 in February.
Submitted by Mike Pickett on Thu, 08/11/2011 - 08:07
NFL drug testing is being praised as an important step in player health and rooting out cheaters but it may have a spinoff impact in an unlikely area - sports betting.
While the NFL testing program will take samples on game days this season, presumably test results won't be returned before game time, making a player ineligible that day. But what if the league commences morning testing and can flag players before night games?
What if a player figures he might get caught and declares himself inactive at the last minute due to some other injury or cause?
Unlike other sports where there is very little appetite for betting on exhibition games, NFL preseason betting remains a big part of a football handicapper’s regime.
Since the NFL is king among sports bettors, even the exhibition schedule attracts fan interest. The fact that there is significant money to be made for bettors who pay attention to free agency, training camps and holdouts have bolstered its appeal in recent years.
Submitted by Mike Pickett on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 15:07
NFL betting is the grand daddy of them all in sports betting circles, and in recent years, a new strategy has emerged that has professional handicappers and sharp bettors cashing winning tickets.
It’s quite simple: Betting against the public (or the consensus) can be profitable.
Bettors spend hours on end pouring over every last statistical detail and betting trend, but it could be the case you need only one number to make a solid wager. Follow NFL line moves and you don’t even need to know the odds and key stats in order to be successful most weeks.
Submitted by Mike Pickett on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 09:23
Halftime betting is available in football and basketball, and it’s becoming a key staple for NFL bettors looking to stay ahead of the books.
Lines on the second half of action are typically available at the end or near the end of the first half, leaving bettors with precious little time to do some rapid-fire handicapping and make a wager.
You’ll have little or no time to cap the teams, and you probably won’t have time to shop around for the sharpest number, but you do have one distinct advantage: You’ve seen the two teams in question play the first half.
Submitted by Mike Pickett on Wed, 07/27/2011 - 09:04
The pointspread gets all the glory in NFL betting, but betting totals is often where lies the gravy train.
Totals are also the simplest form of NFL betting: If the two teams score more combined points than the listed total, the ‘over’ is the winner. If the teams score fewer combined points than the posted number, the ‘under’ is the winning bet. Pretty easy, right? [ See the latest NFL over under lines ]
Submitted by Mike Pickett on Mon, 07/25/2011 - 07:47
If the last decade has been about the establishment of online sportsbooks, then the latest wave in NFL betting is wagering of the live variety.
With sportsbooks always looking to push the envelope for new revenue streams and with the development web technologies keeping pace, live betting is the new ‘have-to’ of every smart and engaged NFL bettor.
Spreads, totals, and futures are all the rage in NFL betting, but season win totals are gaining popularity among NFL bettors. That’s especially the case with the 2011 season just around the corner.
Keep in mind that a listed season win total isn’t a prediction by oddsmakers, but a number designed to attract action on both the ‘over’ and the ‘under’. With that piece of knowledge as a guiding principle, there’s value to be had betting season win totals.
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