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Our Guide to Live Betting NFL Games

While some NFL bettors make their bets prior to the game’s start, online sportsbooks now offer the option to jump in on the action while the game is being played with live odds. Live NFL betting is when you place a wager on a game after it has already started.

How to Live Bet an NFL Game

Most sportsbooks offer an In-Play option that would show the bettor how much time is remaining in the game, the line history and what the current score is. If you select that game, you’ll be privy to lines and odds that you can wager on.

Moreover, odds change as the game goes on. A team that opens as a 7-point favorite might fall to -4 or -3 after falling into a 7-0 deficit early. If you have a good eye for teams that seem primed for a comeback, or sense an upset could be in the making, you can take advantage of your instincts with live wagering and pad your bankroll.

In order to bet live on an NFL game, you simply select the In-Play or Live button and you’re good to go. Live odds will be available, ready for you to start betting.

In-Play Betting Options

The type of bets available would depend on how much time has elapsed in the football game and the sports betting site you wager with.


Live moneyline bets are like the same straight-up bets you’d make before the game starts. Here, you’ll simply need to pick a winner. You can look at betting trends from the past or you can make an educated guess based on the live odds.

Point Spread

Like a traditional point spread bet, odds for the live version would look something like this:

Los Angeles Rams -4.5

Oakland Raiders +4.5

If you believe the Rams will cover the spread, they would need to win by five points or more. Conversely, for the Raiders to cover the spread, they would need to win outright or not lose by more than four points.

Prop Bet

Prop betting is where live NFL betting gets even more entertaining. For example, at the beginning of each drive, live bettors can bet on drive results such as how long the upcoming drive will be or whether it will end with a field goal, touchdown or turnover. As the drive is progressing, bettors are also offered the option to bet on what the next play will be (a run, a completed pass, an incomplete pass or an interception).


As with any totals bet you would forecast if the total score set by oddsmakers would be less or more than predicted. If the totals betting odds for a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys is set at 38.5 before the game, the live total will probably change. For instance, at the beginning of the fourth quarter the new live total odds could switch to 63.5 if both teams are putting on a scoring clinic. For this live bet, you would need to decide if you think the total would go OVER 64 or UNDER 63.

In-Play Football Betting Tips

When it comes to live betting sports, you should not only watch the game carefully but use our tips. Odds Shark’s here to help you make smart picks whether it’s a live prop bet on the Dolphins’ kicker or an in-game spread bet on the Colts and Chiefs.

Predetermine Your Strategy

Coming up with a strategy before the game starts may sound counterproductive to betting live, but you’ll need a loose plan based on the two teams playing. Use your knowledge of football to determine the types of live bets you want to make. Knowing how specific coaches and teams handle exact situations will dictate if you’ll correctly predict which team will cover the spread or what an offensive coordinator is likely to draw up on his next play.

Knowing that a certain head coach who likes to wear visors – looking at you, Sean Payton – likes to go for it on fourth down, combined with his aggressive play-calling and Drew Brees’ effectiveness at quarterback, could provide great live betting value on the New Orleans Saints. Make sure you know how each team will react to each play, whether it’s an aggressive defensive strategy that will keep their opponent to nothing more than a field goal, or an offensive showcase with a passing game that runs through defenses like a sprinkler on a hot day.

Some teams take their time getting down the field and rack up as many yards as they can before finally scoring. On the other hand, some teams fumble – pun intended – their way to a win. Keep that in mind when betting live.

Key Numbers

NFL games are generally decided by three or seven points. These are called key numbers because a field goal is three points, and a touchdown is six points with the PAT counting for one point (totaling seven). With live bets, the odds are constantly shifting, so it’s important to keep these numbers in mind. This isn’t the CFL where scores can total two points, or any other sport for that matter, where goals or runs count for only one point. This is the NFL. Be wary of live odds lines that deviate from the key numbers themselves (or multiples of them like 14, 28, etc.).

Oddsmakers Know about Injuries

If a star gets hurt and is removed from the game, oddsmakers take that into consideration when setting live odds. The moment a key player like Aaron Rodgers or Khalil Mack goes down, the live betting odds will reflect that. It may take a few moments for these odds adjustments to occur, but it will happen.

Bankroll Management

An important part of football betting – or betting on any sport – is being able to manage your money. One of the major facets of being a successful live bettor is bankroll management. Set aside an amount for each game that makes sense for your wallet. Next, break that amount down into smaller betting units. Good money management will help you avoid disaster when some bizarre trick play or a Hail Mary goes against you on Sunday.

Forecasting Momentum Swings

In the end, betting NFL games live is all about predicting changes to momentum. If you can successfully guess how a team will respond to their surroundings, be it a pass rush, a trick play or any other possibility that can take place during a football game, you’ll become a live betting pro in no time.

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