It is still hotly debated whether baseball or football is the most popular national sport, but when it comes to betting, football is almost certainly king.

While there are a number of options open to NFL bettors, point spread betting is the most popular type. There are benefits to mixing things up though, with totals betting potentially being much more profitable.

The strategies

Try not to follow the crowd when it comes to betting on over/under totals. Casual bettors prefer to wager on the over because they love high-scoring games. The weight of all these combined bets can move the line significantly in the lead-up to the game. If you’re confident in an over result, then make sure you beat the crowd rather than following it by placing your bet as early as possible, before oddsmakers adjust the line. However, if you’re going for an under bet, then it may be best to wait until as late as possible so that the line has moved as much in your favor as possible.

NFL exhibition games attract a lot of attention, with bettors getting involved early by studying teams and players. Key starters may not play during the preseason and teams may not have the same drive as they would do, making handicapping that much harder. If you want to be involved in these games, then sometimes the best way to go is to look at coaches. Some coaches may have a history of treating preseason games as a warm-up to the real thing, while some want to start building up a winning streak as early as possible, particularly new coaches looking to make their mark. Unlike during the regular season, some coaches may even publicly share information about their game plans – information that you can use to try to find an edge.

Another NFL betting strategy is to follow sandwich game theory. It’s almost impossible for every player and every team to play at their absolute best in every single game. Sandwich games are those that sit between two others that are either much more important, particularly challenging or perhaps involve a big rivalry. With the team’s main effort and focus being on the games either side, the sandwich game may see them play below their potential and not hit the otherwise expected point spread.When choosing the best NFL betting strategy, the key is knowing what is happening on and off the pitch and keeping yourself up to date so that you can get the edge over the oddsmakers.

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