How to Bet on NFL & American Football: A Glossary for First-time Bettors

The NFL has exploded in popularity in the United Kingdom. In light of this, bettors in the United Kingdom now have access to a world of NFL and American Football betting that was previously unavailable. This is a guide to betting on the NFL.

The rules of American Football

The goal of American Football, like many other sports, is to score more points than the opposition. This is achieved by pushing the ball into the opponent’s ‘end zone,’ worth six points, or by kicking the ball between the posts (worth three points). After a touchdown, a conversion can be scored for an extra point.

Read on to find out the different types of bets…

How to bet on NFL

  • Moneyline: A moneyline bet is the most basic wager on which team will win the game.
  • Point Spreads: A bet on the margin of victory in a sporting event is known as a point spread. To cash your bet, the perceived stronger side must win by a specified amount of points. The team with the worse record can lose by less than that many points or win the game outright.
  • Point Totals: In sports betting, an over/under bet is a bet on the total amount of points scored in a game. It’s also known as the “total.” A bettor can bet on whether the total number of points will go above or under a certain number. You’re not attempting to guess the exact number.


  • Most Valuable Player (MVP): This award is presented to the best player in a league in that season.
  • Super Bowl Winner: This is a simple wager on which team will win the NFL Championship this season.
  • NFL Conference Champions: Bettors can wager on the team they think will win either Conference (the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference)
  • NFL Division Champions: There are four divisions in each conference, each with four teams. Bettors can stake their money on the club they predict will win each division.

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