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America’s New Favorite Pastime, America’s Most Watched Sport
Baseball might be America’s traditional past time but when it comes to the numbers NFL is on top. According to polls 37% of Americans cited American Football as their favorite sport compared to 11% who preferred Baseball.
In 2010, 111.9 million people tuned in to view NFL games on their TVs compared to 40 million who watched MLB.
With that in mind we’ve created this page to have every resource you need to stay on top of the NFL and lock in your bets with the best information available. This page is updated daily with the latest Predictions & Odds, NFL Futures, and the current NFL standings in the league. Consider this your NFL homepage.
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Facts About the NFL
- The NFL consists of 32 teams divided into two Conferences. The two Conferences are made up of the two former leagues before they were joined into the modern NFL in 1967 and held the first Super Bowl that year. The Conference rings that are awarded to the winners of the separate conferences are remnants of the old two-league system.
- NFL Players didn’t have to wear helmets until 1943.
- The most valuable franchise as of 2019 was the Dallas Cowboys with a price tag of $5.5 billion.
- In the current NFL season system each team plays 16 games and then enjoys a week off (known as the bye week). The top 6 times from each conference then go to the playoffs. The playoffs are single eliminations with the culminating two teams going to the Super Bowl.
Where Can You Legally Bet on the NFL in the US
Betting on the NFL is dependent on whether or not your home state allows sports betting. If you’re in a sports betting friendly state like Nevada or New Jersey then it’s only a matter of downloading and signing up to a sportsbook in your state. However, there are some states that do not have such friendly legislation.
Check out our map of the United States to quickly see what the situation is like in your state. From there navigate to your state page to get a complete breakdown of the legislation in your area and how to sign up for legal sports betting.
What is Fantasy Football (DFS)?
Fantasy Football is a major pastime in the US. In fantasy football fans create their own leagues with each player drafting players from different positions onto their teams. Players get points each week depending on different stats based on the players they chose. At the end of the season, everyone in your fantasy league compares stats and find a winner.
The “Draft” phase of Fantasy Football can be very competitive so be sure to go in with a plan if it is your first time!
DFS, or Daily Fantasy Sports, is a viral betting option based on traditional “Fantasy Football”. DFS is usually classified as a game of chance by most states and is therefore legal in most states.
Get started with DFS with our guide on where DFS is allowed. The guide also has tips on how to get started past account creation.
How Much Money Does the USA Bet on the Super Bowl
Football enthusiasts across the USA wagered a total of $154,679,241 on the Super Bowl in 2020. In 2010 the amount was $82,726,367 making it clear that sports betting on the NFL is becoming more and more prominent every year.
Biggest NFL Events of the Year
The NFL doesn’t stop after the Super Bowl. Even before the Super Bowl Winner Rings are handed out the NFL is already in motion for next year’s events. Here is a breakdown of some of the major events in the NFL based on the 2019 league year:
Player Movement Begins (March)
Player movement happens at the beginning of each year, players are allowed to trade teams or be signed to new teams. Player movements are separated into different categories such as Free Agent movement, Trades, and the famous NFL Draft that happens in late April.
Pre-season is usually reserved for training, a time when the new draftees are integrated into their new home teams, but there are also pre-season games that take place during this time with each team taking place in four preseason games each.
Regular Season Begins (Early Sept.)
The NFL regular season is divided into 17 weeks that begin on Sept. 5th. Each of the 32 teams in the league plays a 16 game schedule with an off week known as a “bye week” for each team. The games are played on Mondays and Thursdays including the famous Thanksgiving Day NFL Kickoff Game.
Playoffs Begin (January)
The playoffs determine which teams will go on to fight for their conference championships. Seven teams from each league compete in single-elimination rounds to determine who will be in the conference champions. The playoffs consist of the Divisional Rounds and the Wild Card Round games.
There are two conference games with a total of four teams fighting it out to see which two will be going to the Super Bowl.
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NFL Betting Guides
If you’re just getting into betting on the NFL it is easy to be overwhelmed. There are a lot of terms and betting strategies to learn. Check out our short videos on betting strategies and betting terms in order to get placing your winning bets sooner than your friends. Our How to Bet on the NFL guide is an in-depth resource to learn the tricks and terms when it comes to placing bets on the NFL.
Everyone knows that the biggest payouts come with accurately picking an upset or an underdog. Obviously that is no mean feat, to get started in being an expert upset picker read our guide on how to pick an upset in the NFL.
The most attention to any single event in the NFL is given to the Super Bowl. Probably the most well known single sporting event of the year, the NFL betting scene opens up as soon as the current Super Bowl is over with betting sites attempting to predict a year out who will be the likely winner. WSN keeps an up to date futures ranking for the Super Bowl updated daily to keep the most accurate statistics and futures info at your fingertips.
How to Bet on the NFL
Betting on the NFL begins with finding someone to take your bet. Find your state here to find the best sportsbooks near you. Once you find a sportsbook you like then you just have to register and start placing your winning bets!