The countdown to the 2021 NFL season begins!
Preparations for the 2021 NFL season are well underway with kick-off set for September 9th featuring the defending Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking on the Dallas Cowboys at the Raymond James Stadium. The 2021 season will be the first time under the new expansion of the schedule that will see each team play a total of 17 games instead of 16 in the regular season.
The teams are back out on the training field gearing up for August’s busy month of pre-season games. It will be the first outings for the newly drafted rookies who will put on the jersey of their new team this summer. Fans will be looking forward to watching some of the names like Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, and Ja’Marr Chase who all hit the headlines at the NFL Draft.
Last season, Tom Brady led the Bucs to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and then to a Super Bowl victory against the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady will be 44 by the time the season begins and many are tipping this to be his final season. Let’s hope that he’s able to go out in style if this is the case.
What is there to bet on in the NFL?
With NFL sports betting now legal across several states in the United States, many NFL fans will have the opportunity to spice up their viewing and potentially win some cash should their bets pay off. is one of the safest and most secure ways to bet on the NFL as well as a great place to find the best odds on the market.
This is the most straightforward bet that you can make. This is the first kind of single-match bet and is the most basic as you only have two options to pick from (or three if they offer a draw). For example, the opening game of the season will see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys. You just have to choose who you think will win. It’s worth noting that in single-match betting, the ‘-‘ symbol indicates the favorite and the ‘+‘ represents the underdog, the NFL betting page at DraftKings suggest the Buccaneers are slight favorites.
Point Spread Bet
A point-spread bet adds a new perspective to the moneyline bet and is a great way to balance the odds. From our example of the Bucs Vs. the Cowboys, the point spread is +6.5 points for the Cowboys who are the underdogs and -6.5 points for the Bucs who are the favorites.
If you were to bet on the Bucs with this points spread, you’re betting that the Bucs will win the game by less than 6.5 points. If they win less than this your payoff will be higher than a straight bet, but if they win by more than 6.5 points then you lose the bet.
If you bet on the Cowboys with a +6.5 points spread, you can still win if the Cowboys lose but only if it’s less than 6.5 points. If they lose by a greater margin of 6.5 points, then you lose your bet.
Over and Under/Total Points
This is a very popular betting option for single matches as NFL games tend to score high. In this bet, you’re simply betting on whether or not both teams’ combined points total will score more or less than what the bookies are offering.
Again, looking at the Bucs Vs. Cowboys game, you will see bets displayed as ‘U 52.5’ and ‘O 52.5’. If you bet under, you win if the combined points total is less than 52.5 and lose if it goes over. Similarly, if you bet over, you win if it goes over 52.5 and lose if it stays under.
The next part of a match outside of the teams is to focus on the athletes. The different ways for player betting include a quarterback’s passing yards, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns from the wide receiver, and finally, a running back’s rushing yards. This can be for a specific game but also their totals for the entire regular season.
These also work with the ‘over and under’ system. An example could be that you’re betting on whether or not NFL rookie Zach Wilson will score over or under 3850 total passing yards in his first regular season.
An outright bet is where you make future predictions about outcomes come the end of the season. Typical future bets include the Super Bowl winner, conference winner, division winner, win totals, and whether or not the team will make the playoffs amongst many more. You will find the list of all teams and their odds for each.
Awards are another form of futures and outright betting focusing on the individual awards at the end of the season. Here, you will be putting your money on who you think will be the Regular Season MVP, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year both for offense and defense, as well as Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.
What are your predictions for 2021?
Whether you’re an expert bettor looking for news, strategies, and guides to help maximize your profits or just a casual sports fan looking to cash in on a hunch, the NFL is a relatively easy-to-understand sport to bet on with plenty of options.
Bookmakers have already released their odds for the upcoming season and many will be looking to take advantage of these offers that could well change as the season gets closer and progresses. So, who are you betting on to win the Super Bowl? Do you think Tom Brady will pick up the MVP in potentially his final season? Will Trevor Lawrence be the Offensive Rookie of the Year? Now is a great time to start making your predictions for the 2021 NFL season.