How to Bet on the NFL Using Odds and ATS

The NFL has returned from its summer break and is ready to resume its action. And while the season is still a few weeks away, you can be sure that betting on sports has never been more popular. Whether you’re a seasoned sports bettor or just getting into the game, odds and ATS (American Tossers Syndrome) – or what some refer to as statistical betting – can help you make the most of your NFL betting dollars.

Odds Betting Explained

The most basic and widely used form of betting in the U.S. is odds betting. You’ll find this type of betting available at nearly all sportsbooks and casinos, and it usually accompanies the sports you’re most familiar with, such as the NFL. With odds betting, simply choose your side of the bet (called the “favorite” or “choice”), then make your wager. The bookmaker will provide you with the appropriate odds, and while there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to odds betting, you should always stick with the “favorite” or “choice” and avoid picking against the grain, so to speak. You can also use a “handicap” to help even the odds a bit more in your favor – if you’re feeling extra lucky, you can use a “super” handicap to further increase your odds of winning.

Odds are only as good as the bookmaker’s promise to pay off at the right time. For this reason, you should avoid placing bets on games with low odds — unless, of course, you’re feeling extra lucky that day! Also, in some cases, especially if you’re betting on sporting events with high school or college teams, the odds may be a bit extreme because of the limited number of games that are typically played in those seasons. You may also encounter instances where the spread is so wide that the bookmaker won’t post odds for that particular game.

ATS (American Tossers Syndrome)

While odds betting has been around for more than a century, American Tossers Syndrome (ATS) or “number guessing” arrived on the sports betting scene in the 1960s. Simply put, ATS is the practice of predicting the total number of points that will be scored in a particular game. This type of prediction is generally expressed as a percentage, with 0.0 representing a perfect score and 100.0 being an incredibly difficult task to accurately predict. Think of it like this: If you predicted that the total number of points in a particular game would be 100, but the actual score was 102 points, you would lose your shirt (or in some cases, your pants) in a royal flush.

In most cases, ATS is used in conjunction with odds betting. For example, if you’re betting on the total number of points in a football game and the bookie offers odds of 3 to 1, you would need to wager $100 to win $300, meaning you would have to wager $300 to make $100. In this instance, you are using both types of betting, so you would get paid off $300, even though you won $100 with your ATS choice.

What’s more is that in some cases, you may actually have a better chance at predicting the number of points scored than the bookmaker does! For this reason, ATS can be more profitable for bettors in some situations.

How to Use This Information To Your Advantage

Many people enjoy getting sports odds and ATS because it makes gambling more exciting. After all, who wouldn’t like to try and beat the odds? The reality is that while it may be more exciting to bet on sports knowing that you are taking a risk, that risk should be calculated and carefully weighed before diving into any wager. In some instances, especially if you’re using ATS, the risk may be quite high.

For instance, if you’re basing your ATS prediction on a point spread and the total number of points is 12 or more, you’re probably looking at a high degree of risk. This is because it is extremely unlikely that 12 or more points will be scored, especially against the team that you’re picking. Also, if your ATS prediction is very high, it may be difficult to win – or at least cover your bet. In this situation, there’s rarely any point in risking your money and you should probably avoid betting on this game.

On the other hand, if you’re basing your ATS prediction on a touchdown line and the total number of touchdowns is 7 or more, you’re probably looking at a lower degree of risk. However, it still comes with risks because it is quite possible that 7 or more touchdowns will be scored. This means that it is very likely you will lose your bet. But you should still feel motivated to place this bet because, even though you may lose, the payoff could be very high.

Why Should You Bet On The Over?

If you’re a betting underdog, it’s generally wise to pick against the grain. This means that you should bet on the NFL team with fewer points or, in some cases, the over. Why? It usually helps to even the odds a bit when betting on the underdogs. Remember: You are risking money, so make sure you do your research and know what type of return you’ll get on your investment. Another great strategy for betting on the over is to utilize “moneylines” in betting websites or apps. These are odds that are more favorable to the underdog, as moneylines are generally expressed as (win/place/over/under). So, let’s say your investment is $100, you’re picking the underdog team, and the payout to win is 2 to 1, you would then put $100 on the over (winning $200). In this case, it’s pretty easy to make $200 if your prediction of 14 points or more is correct.

As you can see, if you’re picking against the grain and utilizing the proper strategies, you may actually have a chance at winning – or at least covering your bet. This is why many people enjoy betting on the underdogs: it feels like you’re getting a bit of a “secret weapon” when you bet on the team with the lower odds. If you’re looking to get in on the action during the NFL offseason, you can find odds and ATS on almost all American sporting events, including the NCAA tournament.