NFL - Predictions, Picks, Odds & Betting Lines for This Week [2020/2021]
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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.
NFL Picks Against the Spread
Betting ‘against the spread’ is one of the most popular ways to bet on the NFL. When betting against the spread you are not just picking a winner or loser, you are betting on the win/loss margin.
For example, if Kansas City are -10.5 (-110) and Houston are +10.5 (-110) then you are wagering on Kansas City winning by at least 10.5 points, or Houston losing by no more than 10.5 points.
Over/Under NFL Picks
Over/under NFL bets involve predicting whether the total points in a game will be over or under a predetermined number. With an over/under bet you are not picking a team to win, you are only betting on the combined total amount of points the teams will score during the game.
For example, you might have an over/under market that looks like this:
|Philadelphia Eagles||O 45 (-110)|
|Washington Redskins||U 45 (-110)|
In this example, ‘O 45’ means over 45 total points and ‘U 45’ means under 45 total points.
At WSN you can find all the over/under odds for NFL games along with picks and predictions from our resident experts.
Over/under bets can also be made for futures bets. For example:
|Saquon Barkley 2020 Rushing Yards||Odds|
Here you are betting on Saquon Barkley’s total rushing yards for the 2020 season; over or under 1200.5 yards.
Our NFL experts cover all the top player over/under specials during the offseason, giving you the best futures picks for the upcoming season.
NFL Moneyline Picks
Moneyline wagers are the simplest form of NFL betting. With a moneyline bet you are betting on the winner of the game. You can play it safe and go with the favorite, or take a chance on the underdog.
The odds on a moneyline bet reflect the implied probability of each team winning as well as determining your winnings. For example, if a team has odds of -500 then they have a strong probability of winning and a $10 wager would only return $12 ($2 profit). If the other team has odds of +370 then they have a low probability of winning and a $10 bet would return $47 ($37 profit).
Moneyline betting is a really easy way to get into NFL betting if you are a beginner. At WSN we provide moneyline odds and picks for every NFL game we cover so you’ll never miss out on a bet!
You can find out more about moneyline betting in our Moneyline Betting Guide.
NFL Parlay & Teaser Picks
Parlay and teaser bets are a great way to add some extra excitement to your betting. NFL parlays and teasers allow you to combine multiple bets into a single wager, vastly increasing the risk/reward of your bet.
An NFL parlay bet stacks multiple single bets in a single wager. In order to win the parlay you must pick the correct outcome for every event in your bet. As you stack more and more bets into your parlay, the probability of winning decreases but the potential winnings increase significantly.
Check out our full video guide on parlay betting here.
Teasers work very similarly to parlays except that they allow you to shift the point spread or over/under line in your favor. This gives the bettor an edge and as a result the sportsbook will usually give a slightly worse payout on your wager. The more you move the spread, the more the sportsbook will cut your payout.
Teaser bets are extremely popular in NFL betting where ‘teasing the underdog’ and ‘teasing the favorite’ can be profitable strategies. Be sure to check WSN every week for the best NFL teaser bets.
For more in-depth information on teaser bets check out our video guide on teasers.
NFL Futures Picks
As the name implies, an NFL futures bet is a wager placed on an event in the distant future. For example, the winner of the next Super Bowl, or Patrick Mahomes’ total passing yards for the season.
Since a futures bet covers a long period of time the odds can move significantly during the course of the wager. As a result, it is possible to get very favorable odds and win a lot of money if you make a good pick early on.
That’s where WSN comes in. We love futures bets and have an entire section dedicated to NFL futures picks and predictions. Our odds are constantly updated to ensure you have the latest information at all times. From individual honors such as Coach of the Year and NFL MVP, to team triumphs like the AFC Championship and NFC Championship, our NFL experts have got you covered.
Check out our full list of NFL futures picks and predictions.
NFL Prop Bet Picks
A prop bet (short for proposition bet) is essentially a side bet which is unrelated to the final outcome of the game. Prop bets are one of the most fun and exciting elements of sports betting and here at WSN we have the best NFL prop bet picks and predictions for you.
You can find all of our 2020 NFL player props here: NFL Player Props
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! Check out our full guide on where to legally bet on NFL games.
NFL betters need every edge they can get and take advantage of the offers extended by Sportsbooks is one of the best ways. Check out our article on how to take advantage of risk-free bet offers to learn this technique.