NFL Team Props

There is no offseason when you’re betting on the NFL. There’s always a way to bet on NFL games, especially when you’re dealing with NFL team props. You can bet on regular season win totals during the summer; then, all the way from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton to the Super Bowl itself, you have a fresh sheet of team props for every single game.

Betting the NFL Prop Market

The NFL betting public loves to play the prop market – particularly during the Super Bowl, when they’ll load up on just about anything. They’ll even bet on which team will win the coin toss. This is the textbook example of an NFL bet that should be made for entertainment purposes only. There’s no betting advantage for you at all, even if the NFC goes on another 14-flip winning streak like the one that got snapped in 2013.

With a little bit of research, you can figure out which NFL team props have betting value and which ones should be played for fun. Traditionally, it’s been well worth it to bet “no” on whether there will be a safety in any particular game, or whether it will go into overtime. People tend to bet “yes” on interesting events like this occurring, rather than betting on things not happening.

Just remember that unusual things do happen in the NFL every once in a while. The New York Giants were awarded a safety on a penalty at Super Bowl XLVI, then the Baltimore Ravens gave up an intentional safety at the end of Super Bowl XLVII. There had only been six Super Bowl safeties in history before that outburst.

As for overtime, that’s yet to happen at the Super Bowl. But it will, someday, if they keep playing the game long enough. Never bet the house on an NFL team prop, or any other individual bet for that matter. There are no deadbolt locks in NFL betting.

During the offseason, people who bet on the NFL have the opportunity to bet on the win totals for all 32 teams. This proposition bet is specifically for regular season win totals; the sportsbook assigns each team a target number, with odds for going over the posted total and odds for going under. Here are three (hypothetical) examples for this popular team prop:

New England Patriots

  • OVER 11 -140
  • UNDER 11 +110

Dallas Cowboys

  • OVER 7.5 -110
  • UNDER 7.5 -110

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • OVER 4.5 -105
  • UNDER 4.5 +125

In any given year, you’ll find a handful of teams at the top and bottom ends of the win spectrum, with everyone else lumped in together into the NFL’s middle class. Winning isn’t easy, even for the best teams, so you’ll often find good value in taking the under for the top Super Bowl contenders. You can also bet the over for teams with unreasonably low expectations. Teams in between are sometimes a bit more difficult to figure out.

Aside from the win totals, you’ll find plenty of team props available for single-game situations, like which team will win the coin flip or score first. The market for these props is especially busy during the Super Bowl, but you can get good action betting on the NFL during the regular season as well. And remember, there’s no I in team, but there is an m and an e.