Sportsbooks For Football

In its infancy, professional football was a far cry from the game that rules today as number one in the hearts and minds of the vast majority of American sports fans. The American Professional Football Association was born in 1920 and prospered mainly in industrial towns in the midwestern US, with dominant teams like the Akron Pros, Decatur Staleys and Canton Bulldogs. The Chicago Cardinals, today’s [+]

Arizona Cardinals, were originals in this league. The Staleys relocated to Chicago in 1921 and became the Chicago Bears a year later. The Acme Packing Company founded a team in 1921 called the Green Bay Packers and installed Curly Lambeau as head coach.

Early pro football struggled to gain any traction with the media, which rarely devoted more than a few lines of type to the sport, or with the general public, which preferred the pomp and pageantry of college football. 

While Jim Thorpe, a 6-1, 190-pound strapping young man who’d been an Olympian and a Major League Baseball player, was professional football’s first star and drawing card, the NFL – as the APFA was rechristened in 1922 – didn’t become a legitimate sports entertainment option until the Galloping Ghost ambled on to the scene.

Red Grange was the most talked-about star in college football when he played at the Unviersity of Illinois. He even had his own agent, C.C. Pyle, an unheard of entity in the sporting world of the 1920s. Grange signed in 1925 with the Chicago Bears before graduating from college amidst public disdain that he would sell his wares to a sport considered to be dirty and profane.

It didn’t take long for the Galloping Ghost to gallop his way into prominence and take pro football along for the ride. There were 36,000 on hand for his NFL debut. To capitalize on his popularity, the Bears embarked on a barnstorming tour. They played 18 games in three months, at one point eight games in 12 days, and Grange pocketed $100,000 from his share of the gate receipts, which included a record crowd of 73,000 in New York City.

Pro football had arrived as a major-league sport and in the collective conscious of the masses.

Best Football Sportsbook Odds

We have the best football sportsbook odds for you below so make sure to check the page regularly to source the bets that suit your strategy best. 

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Thursday 07 September
Kansas City Chiefs 20:30 Patriots +330 -417 Odds
Sunday 10 September
Philadelphia Eagles 13:00 Washington Redskins +115 -135 Odds
New York Jets 13:00 Buffalo Bills +270 -333 Odds
Arizona Cardinals 13:00 Detroit Lions +105 -125 Odds
Jaguars 13:00 Houston Texans +170 -200 Odds
Buccaneers 13:00 Miami Dolphins +103 -123 Odds
Oakland Raiders 13:00 Tennessee Titans Odds
Pittsburgh Steelers 13:00 Cleveland Browns -625 +465 Odds
Baltimore Ravens 13:00 Cincinnati Bengals +140 -161 Odds
Atlanta Falcons 13:00 Chicago Bears -345 +280 Odds
Indianapolis Colts 16:05 Los Angeles Rams -154 +135 Odds
Seattle Seahawks 16:25 Green Bay Packers Odds
Carolina Panthers 16:25 San Francisco 49ers -270 +230 Odds
New York Giants 20:30 Dallas Cowboys Odds

What Are The Football Standings Today

Here’s where you will find the up to date NFL standings. The beauty of wagering on football and likely the reason why the NFL has become the No. 1 betting sport in America has to do with the beautiful simplicty of the game.

 

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1 New England Patriots New England Patriots 16 14 2 441 250 0.875
2 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 16 13 3 421 306 0.813
3 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 16 12 4 389 311 0.750
4 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders 16 12 4 416 385 0.750
5 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons 16 11 5 540 406 0.688
6 New York Giants New York Giants 16 11 5 310 284 0.688
7 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 16 11 5 399 327 0.688
8 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers 16 10 6 432 388 0.625
9 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins 16 10 6 363 380 0.625
10 Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 16 10 5 354 292 0.625
11 Denver Broncos Denver Broncos 16 9 7 333 297 0.563
12 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions 16 9 7 346 358 0.563
13 Houston Texans Houston Texans 16 9 7 279 328 0.563
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 9 7 354 369 0.563
15 Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 16 9 7 381 378 0.563
16 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 16 8 8 343 321 0.500
17 Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 16 8 8 411 392 0.500
18 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 16 8 8 327 307 0.500
19 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins 16 8 7 396 383 0.500
20 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 16 7 8 418 362 0.438
21 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills 16 7 9 399 378 0.438
22 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints 16 7 9 469 454 0.438
23 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 16 7 9 367 331 0.438
24 Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers 16 6 10 369 402 0.375
25 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 16 6 9 325 315 0.375
26 New York Jets New York Jets 16 5 11 275 409 0.313
27 San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers 16 5 11 410 423 0.313
28 Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams 16 4 12 224 394 0.250
29 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears 16 3 13 279 399 0.188
30 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 16 3 13 318 400 0.188
31 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers 16 2 14 309 480 0.125
32 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns 16 1 15 264 452 0.063

How To Make Money Betting On Football

There’s just one NFL game per week, so for the football bettor, you’ve generally got seven days to do your homework and plan your strategy. This isn’t baseball, where there’s a game every day, or hockey and basketball with their 80-plus game seasons. 

The NFL bettor has all that lead time to plan their wagers and then really only has to make a brief commitment to following their teams during the week. It’s less of a grind and the season is the shortest in terms of time consumed of all the four major sports as well.

The most common form of wager on football is the spread. Say, for example, the Seattle Seahawks are listed at minus-3. That means the Seahawks are favored and to cash a winning ticket, they must win by four or more points.

If instead you bet the Detroit Lions at plus-three, that would mean the Lions were the underdogs and you are getting three points, so if the Lions lose by less than three or win the game outright, then you are a winner. 

The moneyline is another football betting option and it is simply a straight wager on which team you think will win the game. Odds are set based on a $100 bet, so if the Dallas Cowboys are -160, it means the Cowboys are favored and a bettor would be required to wagering $160 to win $100.

On the other hand, should the Washington Redskins be listed at +140, they would be the underdog and a $100 bet on them would return $140 if the Redskins were successful and won the game.

The over/under or total is another popular method of wagering on football games. A point total is established by a sportsbook and then the bettor must opt to wager that the outcome, the combined points scored by both teams in the game, will either finish over or under that total.

 

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