NFL is the most popular team sport in the US by viewership and revenue. In fact, 37% of Americans claim football is their favorite sport to watch. Unsurprisingly, NFL betting on games and props is a popular activity with American football fans around the world. Many fans in the US are finally getting a chance to play NFL lines and other bet types due to recently eased regulations around sports betting in the country. At Oddschecker, we bring you the best NFL prices from pre-season through the Super Bowl with great picks and expert analysis.
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The NFL is comprised of 32 teams from cities across the US. The league is organized into two conferences—the AFC and NFC—each with 16 teams. The AFC and NFC are subdivided into four divisions each. The divisions are East, West, North, and South. Each division within the AFC and NFC contains four teams. The divisions represent roughly the geographical regions of where teams are located.
The structure of NFL conferences, divisions, and teams is as follows:
American Football Conference (AFC)
-AFC East – Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets
-AFC West – Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Oakland Raiders
-AFC North – Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers
-AFC South – Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans
National Football Conference (NFC)
-NFC East – Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
-NFC West – Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks
-NFC North – Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings
-NFC South – Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 1 of the NFL regular season begins with an opening game on the Thursday following the first Monday in September. The remaining 30 teams play their Week 1 game on the following Sunday or Monday. The NFL regular season is 17 weeks long and runs from early September through late December or early January. Each team plays 16 games while taking one week away from competition between Week 4 and Week 12. The week off is called a team’s “bye week.” In total, 256 NFL matches are played during the regular season.
The majority of NFL games throughout the season are played on Sundays. A single game each is played on Thursday and Monday, with the exception of the first and final week of the season. Two games are played on Monday in Week 1 and all Week 17 games are held on Sunday. Games are occasionally played on Saturdays. The NFL has hosted three games on Thanksgiving Day since 2006.
The NFL determines opponents for each game using a sophisticated scheduling algorithm. This method considers current division members and final division standings from the previous season. The schedule for an NFL team typically includes two games each against the three other teams in its own division, four teams from a single AFC division once, four teams from a single NFC division once, and two additional Conference games based on previous season final standings.
The NFL schedule is released in the third or fourth week of April for the upcoming season beginning in September.
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NFL teasers are a type of combined bet quickly growing in popularity with sports bettors. With teaser bets, two or more straight bets are grouped into a single bet. Each line in the teaser bet is shifted to the bettor’s favor by the number of points of the teaser.
NFL teaser bets are usually offered as -6, 6.5, and 7 point teasers. This means the line is shifted by 6 points to lower the bettor’s risk in a 6 point teaser bet. So, if you were picking the Patriots at -8, the line would shift to Patriots -2 within the teaser bet. Notice how the spread has shifted down 6 points from -8 to -2.
NFL betting teasers of 6.5 or 7 points work the same way by shifting the line either 6.5 or 7 points accordingly. Teaser bets work much like parlay bets because you must win all NFL lines included in the teaser to receive a payout. The advantage of teaser bets is that each line is manipulated in your favor.
The NFL playoffs begin in early January in the week following the conclusion of the regular season. Playoff rounds are played on Saturdays and Sundays for three weeks in January. The final weekend in January is a bye week for teams remaining in the playoffs, and the NFL Pro Bowl game is held at this time.
The Super Bowl game to determine the NFL championship team occurs on the first Sunday in February.
The NFL playoffs follow a single-game elimination format over four rounds. A team is immediately removed from the playoffs upon losing a game.
12 teams—six from the AFC and six from the NFC qualify for the playoffs.
Playoff qualification works as follows:
- The teams with the best records in each of their respective divisions are seeded 1 through 4 in the playoffs based on overall won-lost-tied records.
- Two teams with the best records of remaining teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs as wild cards. These teams are seeded 5 and 6.
In the first round, or wild card round, playoff games are contested among teams in the same conference.
Playoff rounds progress in this manner:
- First Round (Wild Card) – The The 5th seed plays the 4th seed and the 6th seed plays the 3rd seed. The 1st and 2nd seeded teams do not appear until the Divisional playoff round.
- Second Round (Divisional) – The 1st seed plays the lowest remaining seed from the first round. The 2nd seed plays the highest remaining seed from the first round.
- Third Round (Conference) – The two remaining teams from each conference play for the conference championship.
- Super Bowl – The AFC and NFC conference winners meet in the Super Bowl for the NFL championship.
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