Things To Consider: Betting On The NFL Play Offs

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The NFL regular season has come to an end after 18 weeks of action. With play off places being decided right up until the final play of Sunday night’s game between the Las Vegas Raiders and The Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders won in overtime and secured their place in the play offs. Now the fun really begins. The play offs will determine who reaches Superbowl 56 and for those of thinking of having a bet during the play offs, BettorMind has some great advice on how to do so enjoyably.

NFL Wildcard Weekend

Cincinnati Bengals V Las Vegas Raiders – Saturday, January 15th 2022, 21:30

Buffalo Bills V New England Patriots – Sunday, January 16th 2022, 01:15

Tampa Bay Buccaneers V Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday, January 16th, 18:00

Dallas Cowboys V San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, January 16th, 21:30

Kansas City Chiefs V Pittsburgh Steelers – Monday, January 17th, 01:15

Los Angeles Rams V Arizona Cardinals – Tuesday, January 18th, 01:15

BettorMind advice for betting on the NFL Playoffs

Understanding Markets – NFL betting has become increasingly popular since the game has been given more tv coverage in the UK. The sport itself is complexed and the markets available may be different to those you usually bet on. Two of the most common markets are Moneyline and Points spread.

Moneyline Bet

The moneyline bet is the simplest of NFL markets. This is where you are selecting which team will be the outright winner of an individual game. As with sports like football these markets often provide shorter odds on the favourites with a bigger price available on the underdogs.

Points Spread

Point spread betting in American football is incredibly popular. It is very similar to handicap markets in football. The underdog for the game will be given a theoretical lead to start the match, whilst it would be the opposite for the favourite, who would be set that same number to overhaul from the start. Depending on how bigger underdog/favourite a team is will determine the starting spread.

For example, if the Kansas City Chiefs were to play the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chiefs were to be considered strong favourites for the game, the spread may be set at -9.5 for the Chiefs and +9.5 for Jacksonville.

This means if you are backing the Chiefs to win, they will need to do so by a margin of more than 9.5 points in order to cover the starting spread. Alternatively, you may back Jacksonville to win. For this bet to be successful Jacksonville would need to either win the game or lose by fewer than 9.5 points.


The play offs come at the end of an 18-game season. During the season some of these teams may already have faced off against each other. Looking back at how those games played out with give you some valuable information.

It is also important to look at the squads, don’t let the helmets and padding fool you, NFL is a hard-hitting sport which inevitably results in injuries for some players. Unlike football in the UK, NFL teams are required to declare injury reports through-out the week to update everyone on the status of their players. If a player appears on the injury report this will mean they have missed some parts of training and their participation in the game may be in doubt.

This research will give you a solid foundation to approach your betting and allow you to make the most informed decisions.

The NFL is a great spectacle and the Play Offs are exciting to watch in the build up to the Superbowl. If you choose to have a bet on them, be sure to make use of this article and other resources available at BettorMind.

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