You can bet on the 2019 NFL season right now at the online sportsbook. NFL odds for Week 1 are already posted and you can get your wagers down before the season begins. The 2019 NFL preseason begins with the Hall of Fame Game on August 1, but for most bettors the real action gets going with Week 1 of the regular season on Thursday, September 5, 2019 when the Green Bay Packers visit the Chicago Bears on NBC.
NFL odds for a lot of people begin with sides and totals, as that is the most common way to bet games. NFL point spreads for the 2019 NFL season are available at top online sportsbooks right now. Week 1 NFL odds are some of the most exciting and unpredictable of the season as every team has hope for the new season. The Chicago Bears are favored against the Green Bay Packers in the opener on NBC, while the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are favored at home in the Sunday night game on NBC as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Week 1 concludes with two Monday Night Football games on ESPN, as the Houston Texans visit the New Orleans Saints and the Denver Broncos play at the Oakland Raiders.
When you look at the NFL odds at the online sportsbook the first thing you will see is the point spread, or commonly referred to as side, line or odds and then the total. The point spread is the most common of all the NFL odds and is what you see in newspapers, on websites and on television. It is simply a way for oddsmakers to attract action on both sides of a game. For example, if the New England Patriots were playing the Miami Dolphins and there was no point spread, almost all of the bets would be on New England. If, however, the Patriots are laying 10-points then there will be some people who want to take the Dolphins.
The NFL point spread is where you have one team favored against another one. In that previous example, it would be New England laying 10 points to Miami. If you wanted to bet the Patriots you would need New England to win by more than 10 points for your bet to be a winner. On the other side, if you bet the Dolphins, you would need Miami to either win the game outright or lose by less than 10 points. If the Patriots won by exactly 10 points, then bets would be refunded. At the online sportsbook you would see New England -10 and Miami +10.
NFL Totals are even simpler than the point spread, as you are betting on the total amount of points scored in the game. In this previous example you might see the betting line look like this:
New England -10, Total 49
The total on this game is listed at 49 points and you can bet over or under that amount of points being scored in the game. If you bet the over then you would need more than 49 combined points to be scored for your bet to be a winner. Conversely, if you bet under 49 points you would need the combined total to be less than 49. If the game landed exactly on 49 then all bets on the total would be refunded.
Keep in mind that sides and totals are not only available for the full game, but they are also available for quarters. That means you can bet each individual quarter at the online sportsbook. For example, you might see the Patriots listed at -3 for the first quarter. In that case all you would be concerned about would be the score at the end of the first quarter. Your bet would be graded according to what happened in the first quarter only. The same thing would apply to the total, which in this example, might be 10.5. You would only be betting on how many points were scored in the first quarter.
Check out the latest side and total options in NFL betting at top online sportsbooks.
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