Placing your bets to make the game more enjoyable, and perhaps more thrilling is great. Betting on your favorite team can even give you that adrenaline rush with each and every play from beginning to end. However, before you place your bets it is critical to know the rules of the betting game. In this way you will know when you win, and understand it should you lose.
Understanding the spread
Therefore, we will start with the simplest item in football gambling, the spread. We have all seen this in a sports section of the newspaper, and it typically looks something like this: Cowboys +7.5 Giants -7.5. So, what does this mean? Put simply this figure means that the Cowboys are favored by 7.5 points, and taking the Cowboys in the game means to win the bet they will have to win by 8 or more points. Therefore, if the end of the game score was Cowboys 10 Giants 3, and you took the Cowboys you would lose. However, if they shut the Giants out you would win. Obviously, if you took the Giants with a final of 10-3 you would win.
Why the half point?
A bookie, or the person placing the bets will make a half a point as a way of increasing the difficulty to win. It is the same as a casino using multiple decks in blackjack, for instance. As an example, if the spread in the above example was 7, and you took the Cowboys in the 10-3 final you would have tied, as opposed to lose. Basically, by adding the half a point to the spread is a way for the bookie, who is essentially “the house”, to create an advantage.
Betting the Over/Under.
In football, as in other sports betting, you have the ability to do what is called, “betting the over/under”. What this refers to is your betting on the combined final score of the game. Therefore, using last week’s game with the Cowboys and the Eagles, if the over was at 45 then with the final combined at 52 (29 to 23) you would win. However, should the final had wound up 23-20, the total would have only been 43, and you would have lost.
How do I make real money?
To make the real money you can always do what is called, “parlay” your bets. Essentially, this is like “letting it ride” in the casino. Basically you are betting two or more teams on a single ticket, and this is an attempt to make you serious cash. However, this does have some risks associated with it too, as in the parlay in order to win all your selected teams must win, or push (tie). Granted if they do tie your teams in your parlay will be reduced, and hence your total payout will be less. However, this does beat the alternative of one of your parlay teams losing, as if this occurs your total parlay loses as well.
When gambling it is always important to remember there is no such thing as a sure thing. However, using logic, intelligence, and reason you should always be able to balance a winning strategy, and overall enjoyment of the game. All of this done right to increase the overall thrill that is the football season.
While some teams are in the hunt for high draft choices, others are aiming for the post-season and for the record books. Here’s some quick hit NFL records that may never be broken.
#1: Jerry Rice’s Receiving Records
The NFL is a sport that honors the ‘in the now’ moments, and there have been some amazing receivers since Jerry Rice retired. Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson to name two. Jerry Rice’s receiving records (197 touchdowns, 1,549 receptions and 22,895 yards) are an average of 10 touchdowns and 100 receptions per year, extended over a 15-year career. While some of Rice’s individual records have fallen (Randy Moss caught 23 TDs in one season in the Patriot’s 2007 campaign), the career and volume statistics are probably untouchable.
#2: Dick “Night Train” Lane’s 14 Interceptions in a Season
This record, set in a 12-game season in 1952, will probably never be broken. While the NFL’s passing offenses have matured, the number of games has increased, and the number of passing plays have improved, film study and rules changes keep defensive backs from running stride for stride with wide receivers the way they used to.
#3: Emmett Smith’s Rushing Yardage
Emmett Smith broke Walter Payton’s career rushing yardage total, and then tacked another 2,000 yards on top of it. Modern NFL offenses don’t run as much, and modern NFL running backs don’t have 18 year careers like Smith did.
#4: Most Sacks in a Single Game
Sacks as a whole are up, due to degradation in offensive line play over the last five years. It’s still unlikely that anyone will beat the 7 sacks Derrick Thomas got on Dave Kreig in 1990.
#5: Most Career Wins
Don Shula’s 347 wins will require Bill Belicheck (229 wins) to get 10 wins per season for another 12 seasons to match it. No other coach is likely to get 200 wins.
#6: Quarterback Starts
Brett Favre’s 297 starts is a testament to grit and a couple of pain killer addictions. Given the reduction in modern offensive line play, and bigger and faster players on defense, this one is unlikely to be touched.
#7: Most Career Touchdown Passes
Peyton Manning took this record from Favre in 2015, and then added 25 TDs on top of it. This, like Rice’s TD total, requires a player to produce at a high level for 18 years or more. Tom Brady is currently at #3 with 438, and would need three 35 TD years to pass Manning. This one might not be out of reach as others on this list.
#8: Most INTs In A Single Season
This is one that won’t change – no NFL offense would keep a QB who threw 3 interceptions per game that George Blanda did in amassing 42 INTs in 1962.
#9: Average Rushing Yards Per Game
OJ Simpson ran for 2003 yards in a single season, the first RB to ever do so. He did it on a Bills team with few other offensive options, and put up 144 yards per game over a 14 game season. Running games don’t get the love in the modern NFL that they used to, and the defenders are bigger and faster, so this one is unlikely to get touched.
#10: Devin Hester’s 20 Special Teams TDs
Devin Hester has lapped the field on kick return and punt return TDs; the second highest total is 12 to his 20. Hester is still active, and could pad these numbers, though touchbacks in the kicking game going to the 25 yard line, and changes to promote player safety, make it harder to believe this one will ever be broken.