In the NFL, you will find three different types of odds: the spread, moneyline, and over/under. Each type has a certain point total, which you can use to make a wager. In the spread, the favorite team has points deducted from its final score, while the underdog gets points added. In both situations, you must bet on a team that beats the spread. There are two exceptions to this rule, though.
The NFL game can also have a big impact on the point total, as the odds compilers assign different prices to the teams. For example, the Bengals are not valued as highly as the Indianapolis Colts were at the beginning of the 2021 season, so betting on the Bengals would be a profitable move. Another important factor is the pace of the game, which influences whether or not a team scores. A team that moves quickly can score more points, while a team that slows down might end up falling under the Total.
The NFL playoffs are unlike most other playoffs in North America. In these one-game, single-elimination games, a better seed hosts a lower seed. The lower seed, usually the Wild Card Game, often plays in a tougher division. When betting on the NFL playoffs, the goal is not to pick the better team. It is more about picking a team that is hot, and getting the best possible number on the team’s odds.