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. We have a team keeping a keen eye on NFL betting trends, and have done the work to put all the vital information here.
The NFL Matchups are divided into three different segments for bettors that take place over a six-month period. Check out some of the best NFL betting sites once you've finished poring over the trends.
PRESEASON (49 GAMES) REGULAR SEASON (272 GAMES) PLAYOFFS (13 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 272 total games played and they are divided into a 18-week period. The NFL Playoffs always has 13 games on tap, which includes the Super Bowl, and that always plays on the first Sunday in February.
Our NFL Matchups page lists all the Games in order of Rotation, which are numbers generated and produced by 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 17 regular season games and the Streak feature tells you how hot or cold a team is, measured by Wins (W) and Losses (L).
If a team wins three straight games, for example, 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 our NFL betting trends 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 moneyline wagers. 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. That's why using our NFL betting trends as a resource for your wagers is a great start. 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 the feature allows users to see who's wagering on the pro football finale every season.
LINE MOVEMENT IN THE SUPER BOWL
As NFL 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.
NFL MATCHUP HISTORY
What’s great about the NFL betting trends and data on our Matchups page 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 NFL 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 legal sportsbooks!