August 11th, 2011
Preseason for the NFL starts tonight. That means that all of you sports betting nuts can start betting on all type of NFL action! There are 5 games on the schedule tonight and 5 more games for Friday and Saturday. There will also be a Monday Night to end the first week of the preseason.
If you are in the mood to watch some of these preseason games, a couple of these preseason games will be shown nationwide. Tonight at 8:00PM ET, ESPN will be showing the San Diego Chargers at home against the Seattle Seahawks. On Friday night at 8:00PM, Fox will be televising the Kansas City Chiefs at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and on Monday night at 8:00PM, the Houston Texans will take on the New York Jets.
If you want to bet on your favorite NFL team, you can do so at Bovada’s sportsbook. If you wanted to bet on tonight’s game between the Seahawks and Chargers, you can choose to bet on either the Point Spread or the Total. San Diego is favored by 3 points while the total for the game is 35 points.
I know betting on preseason games may not be very appealing to you. However if you are going to bet on preseason games, I would suggest that you do so in weeks 1 through 3. The four preseason game mean virtually nothing to the starters on each team.
NFL Player and Team Props
If preseason betting isn’t your thing, maybe you would be interested on an NFL Prop bet. Propitiation bets are bets that will be placed before any action has taken place. Unlike a bet that you would make on a particular game, a prop bet will often not be won or lost for several weeks or months.
As an example, you can bet on one of 31 NFL players to win the 2011 NFL MVP award. Currently the favorite is Aaron Rodgers at 11/2. This means that if you place a $50 bet on Rodgers to win, you will receive $275 if he wins the award at the end of the year. You can also pick the rest of the field (not one of the top 31 players) for 10/1 odds.
You can also choose who you think will be the AP Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year. One of the more amusing prop bets offered is whether an NFL Player will test positive for HGH during the 2011 season (Yes is the heavy favorite). A secondary bet is what will be the position that the first player that test positive for HGH play.
As far as NFL Team Prop Bets go, these can be thought of more as the in-game types of bets. The bets shown will be for the preseason games that about to be played. Some prop bets include: Which team will score first in the game? Will the first score be a TD or FG? Will there be a score in the first 7:30 of the game? You can also bet on the over/under of the individual team scoring.
NFL Futures Betting
Futures betting is often one of the most popular bets before the season gets started. You can place a bet now for the current odds that a team will win the 2012 Super Bowl. The favorites are the New England Patriots at 13/2 followed closely by the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles at 7/1.
Not only can you bet on which team will win the Super Bowl, but also which team will win the AFC and NFC conferences in 2012. This represents which team from each conference will make it to the Super Bowl. Obviously the odds are a little bit more favorable with the Patriots getting 3/1 odds and the Eagles receiving 7/2 odds on winning.
If that wasn’t enough, you can also bet on which team will have the best record in their own division. If your favorite team’s odds aren’t very high for winning the Superbowl, maybe you can reach and bet for them to win their division. Obviously, if you are a fan of the Green Bay Packers, you probably won’t want to bet on the -190 for them to win the NFC North. You won’t win much if they do win and stand to lose more than it is worth if they make the playoffs but don’t win the division (like last year).
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