The 2022 NFL season is finally here, and putting some money on the game seems downright intoxicating. But, there are some things you need to know before going in. Here are our five best NFL betting tips:
1. Don’t get emotional
If you want to make money, you can’t be the fan who believes in their home team so much they overlook everything else.
The more you bet with emotion, the more you are going to lose. Emotional bettors never research odds, and if they do, it won’t matter because they’ll never change their mind.
The moment you decide to stick with your team no matter what, you’re doomed. You may as well say goodbye to your money.
2. Watch the Moneyline
It’s a good idea to check the Moneyline throughout the week before an NFL game. Odds often change as more information becomes available about each team.
Find matchups with devoted fanbases, matchups where there are so many fans betting on their emotions that they forget key stats. You’ll have a big advantage.
3. Don’t overreact
One of the biggest mistakes NFL bettors make is overreacting to wins and losses. One week does not define your team’s season from a betting perspective. One loss doesn’t mean the team is damaged goods, and you should get out.
This is when you take a breath. Start doing some research and take a lot of key matchups. Don’t be beguiled by the endless media speculation saying your team is done. On the other hand, don’t believe that your team is the second coming of the undefeated Patriots. Go into each bet with sound decision-making.
4. Beware of NFL divisional matchups when betting
Be very careful around NFL divisional matchups. Both teams play each other twice in a season and start to learn each other’s weaknesses very quickly. Unfortunately for gamblers, that makes the outcome difficult to predict even with a good deal of research.
Now, this doesn’t mean avoiding these matchups at all costs, just go in cautiously. Look at the odds and see what’s happening. If you can find a mismatch on one side or a key injury, place the bet down. Just make sure you are making an informed and calculated decision.
5. Location matters when sports betting on an NFL game
The home team wins the game about 60% of the time, which is a stat you should be aware of. It’s no secret that the crowd gets loud during key moments, and that’s going to sometimes disrupt playcalling.
Unfortunately for the away team, it creates a cutdown of communication and a very hostile environment. The roar of the crowd can literally drive the opping team crazy sometimes.