Handicapping and betting the NFL preseason, regular season and playoff games is far from easy but the VegasInsider.com NFL Matchups certainly helps you with your homework. The NFL Matchups are divided into three different segments for bettors that take place over a six-month period.
PRESEASON (49 GAMES) REGULAR SEASON (256 GAMES) PLAYOFFS (11 GAMES)
The NFL Games played in the preseason are 49 exhibition matchups spread out over five weeks and are conducted in August. The regular season usually begins in the first or second week of September and lasts until the end of December or early January. There are 256 total games played and they are divided into a 17-week period. The NFL Playoffs always has 11 games on tap, which includes the Super Bowl and that’s always plays on the first Sunday in February.
The NFL Matchups page lists all the Games in order of Rotation, which are numbers generated and produced by the sportsbooks. Every NFL matchup has a designated Home and Away team and both are given a rotation number. The games are not necessarily listed in order of time, since some matchups are shifted around for television viewing purposes. All matchup times are listed in Eastern Standard Time Zone (ET) on this matchup page.
The NFL Matchups Records section provides the Wins and Losses for each team, showing the Overall Record and the Away or Home Record for each particular matchup. Every NFL team will play 16 regular season games and the Streak feature tells you how hot or cold a team is and is measured by Wins (W) and Losses (L). If a team wins three straight games, the Streak would read W-3. And if a team is slumping, losers in six straight, then you’ll see a L-6 in their streak column.
If you like to follow or fade the betting public, then the Betting Trends on the NFL Matchups will be your best source for that information. Similar to other point-spread sports covered on VegasInsider.com, the Betting Trends for the NFL Matchups show percentages (%) up to 100 for three categories.
The NFL Betting Trends on the Matchups page are directly related to the Current Line and note the Open Line. Those are the betting odds for each matchup, which shows the favorite and ‘over/under’ odds. After a game finalizes, the Current Line is changed to the Closing Line.
Spread (Point-Spread Bets)
Money (Money-Line Bets)
O/U (Total Bets)
The Spread percentage is for the point-spread while the Money is for money-line wagers and while other sports may see a heavy lean to the favorites in that category, the NFL has been known to see its fair share of upsets, even the spread is listed in the double-digit range. The O/U is the total and the Over is always listed on top of the Under in the last Betting Trend column.
The NFL Betting Trends are a great feature to use for Online Super Bowl Betting since it allows users to see who's wagering on the pro football finale every season.
LINE MOVEMENT IN THE SUPER BOWL
As betting trends move strongly in one direction, there may be line movement to balance out the money on each side of the bet. Betting trends can be swayed by many factors, including injuries, weather, suspensions, or any other new information that could potentially impact the result. Also, as lines are released, the public could see one side as a great value and place heavy bets on that side. Sportsbooks will need to adjust to encourage more people to bet the other side or risk taking a big loss.
The Super Bowl has not seen much line movement so far, as most people see it as an evenly matched game and there have been no notable injuries to monitor. The game is taking place in Miami, so snow or heavy wind is unlikely to impact the high-powered offense of the Kansas City Chiefs and give an advantage to San Francisco's strong running game and defensive line.
NFL MATCHUP HISTORY
What’s great about the NFL Matchups is that VegasInsider.com shows all the data from previous games throughout the season. Plus, the Matchups page shows betting history on ATS results. In the sports betting world ATS stands for Against the Spread, which measures the profitability of a team for bettors in terms of the point-spread.
Since the majority of NFL wagers are on the point-spread, the ATS outcome is important for bettors. The ATS column shows which team earned the Cover, plus it posts the Over or Under result as well. The Total result (Over-Under) shows the combined points scored in the game while the Cover result shows how many points the team exceeded the spread by. Along with Cover, you could see the word Push and that means that neither team won against the spread, rather they tied. The same result could occur if the combined total points landed on the exact closing ‘over/under’ betting odds.
Along with the ATS history on the NFL matchups, you can also view Line Movements and Betting Trend movements for each game. Plus, you can get an informative Recap too. If you are in a state where sports betting is legal, please check out our online sportsbook directory to find the best and most secure places to make football bets.