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With the Super Bowl parade come and gone and the last of the red and blue confetti swept from the streets of New England, it officially becomes the NFL offseason, the half a year or so of dead time before the 2019-20 football season kicks off again in September.
And the perfect time for smart gamblers to prepare for their next betting season.
Here is a (hopefully helpful) checklist of what gamblers can do to make sure that by the time the first NFL kickoff of the season happens right now its tentatively scheduled for September 5, 2019 and hosted by Super Bowl LIII Champion New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium theyre as prepared to bet as the players are to play.
For many football fans, gambling on the NFL is something they do in the moment to make watching the game a bit more interesting, but that shouldnt stop them from wanting to have a better chance of winning the bet.
And for those a bit more serious about how they spend their gambling allowance, being prepared means being knowledgeable about who theyre betting on and what kinds of bets are available.
Regardless of the type of bettor you are, there are some important steps you can take before you begin the season and we list them here for you.
If you havent been keeping track of the bets you have been making, this would be the time to start doing that.
For now on, keep a simple spreadsheet on your laptop or a little notebook in your briefcase or fanny pack and jot down whatever football bets you happen to make.
That way during the offseason, you can look through them as a whole and begin to categorize them and study the patterns.
Obviously, that is what you are trying to identify the bets that you win most consistently are the ones that you should be studying and repeating.
Did you win more when you bet in the beginning of the week or closer to game time?
Did you win more betting on a particular team or conference or division?
If find you are more successful making certain bets over others, use that information to guide your future betting strategy.
But that doesnt necessarily mean you should give up on making the bets that werent as successful, especially if you enjoyed making them.
It just means that to get better at those bets, you should be gathering a lot more background information to help guide your wager better, which is something the offseason break is perfect for doing.
The next three items on the checklist will help keep you better informed, which in turn will help you bet more successfully.
Every NFL team will refill their 53-man roster during the offseason, and its not a given that the same players will return every year.
Keeping track of how a team is (or more importantly, isnt) building up and improving on their current roster is vital to making an informed bet.
Here are seven aspects to examine in order to better evaluate a teams evolving roster:
A betting man or woman can benefit from seeing how willing a team is to come together during the offseason and work out as a unit.
There are three main ways that NFL teams workout in the offseason, so its best to keep an eye on all of them:
The 2019 NFL schedule will be released in mid-April on ESPN and NFL Network, and it provides dates, times, matchups and TV channels for each football game.
Smart gamblers will study all seventeen weeks of the schedule looking for at least three specific things:
There are all types of information on line like that to help you figure out who has trouble beating whom so mark those down as potential winners.
The final way to use the NFL offseason to improve your gambling skills is to broaden your betting horizons.
Here are three easy ways to expand and diversify your approach to betting:
By doing some offseason research, you may be able to find more online sportsbooks and take advantage of the different odds and wagers available.
Every offseason, NFL teams and players do their best to improve their skills and strategies in order to give themselves a competitive advantage when the football season begins.
Theres no reason why gamblers shouldnt do the same and use the NFL offseason to increase their knowledge and expand their strategies while looking for an edge or two that may go unnoticed by those far less prepared.
Never gamble what you dont have, but when you do dip into your betting kitty, the more knowledge you have the better your chances will be of coming out a winner.
Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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