When betting on football, there are a few numbers you need to know:
1. Goals – Most sportsbooks offer goals as the unit of measurement for their football bets. If you like betting on close games where the outcome is in doubt, then goals are for you. You’ll also find that most footballbooks have an over/under line based on goals, so you can also use that to your advantage.
2. Points – Just like goals, points are the unit of measurement for most footballbooks, though not always. If you’re unfamiliar, points represent the actual score (i.e., the amount of times the score lands on a specific number) of the game. For example, if the Patriots beat the Jets 26-23, then New England will win the point spread (+2.5) and the over/under on the total amount of points scored (41.5 points).
3. Moneyline – This is the heart of every betting man’s world: the moneyline. Like the point spread, the moneyline allows you to make money regardless of whether your team wins or loses. To make a long story short, if you believe that either team is capable of scoring more than the total amount of money you’ll need to risk then you can make a profit, regardless of the game’s final result. In the example above, even if the Patriots win the game, they’ll still win you money because they’ll cover the spread (+2.5) and the over/under on points scored (41.5).
As you can see, there are several ways in which you can leverage the power of betting on football. Whether you bet on the game’s total goals or points, you’re sure to find a profitable betting opportunity on the open footballbooks (i.e., those that don’t require you to lodge a payment upfront). When it comes down to betting on sporting events, especially those involving teams you’re not familiar with, it’s essential to look at the various measures and statistics that can help you make an informed wager.
Over 1.5 Inflated
As noted by a _Rolling Stone_ article, Americans are slowly but surely embracing the world of cryptocurrency. One of the more popular and accessible digital currencies is Dogecoin, which is rated as one of the most exciting and promising altcoins currently available. If you’re unfamiliar, a coin is a valuable digital asset that can be used to purchase goods or services within a digital economy. In many cases, the value of a coin is determined by the amount of goods or services it can purchase within the system.
Dogecoin was created in 2013 as a fun little joke by a programmer named Billy Markus who wanted to create a currency that wasn’t invested in by large financial institutions. At first, Dogecoin was simply used as a method of payment between users on the popular social media platform, Reddit. But in 2017, the value of a Dogecoin greatly increased as more people became interested in investing in this type of currency. As a result, it’s currently ranked as the 33rd most valuable cryptocurrency (based on market cap) with a value of over $1.5 and it’s constantly fluctuating in price.
Even if you’re not invested in cryptocurrencies or the future of online payment, it’s worth noting that the over 1.5 in the title of this article refers to the 2017-2018 NFL season. During that time, there were a total of 1,551 game days, meaning there were almost exactly 1,550 games that were played. On average, there were 12.25 goals scored per game, which means there were almost 14 goals scored on average per game. In other words, there were plenty of opportunities for sports bettors to make money. In fact, if you limit yourself to making 10 bets per week (at odds of 1.65 and under) using Bitcoin, you’ll easily account for the $150-$250 per month you need to make to cover your expenses.
Over 1.5 Underestimated
While the over 1.5 in the title of this article may be tempting, it seems that the underdogs had the better of last season. According to data provided by OddsBettings, an independent sportsbook ratings service, the favorites won the 2018 Superbowl by a wide margin, which means there were more opportunities for underdogs to cover their bets. In 2018, the Superbowl odds were 6-1 (or 36%) in favor of the underdog and only 2-1 (or 12%) in favor of the favorite.
If you’re unfamiliar, the Superbowl is the annual championship game for the National Football League (NFL). It was first played in 1967, which would make it one of the more recent sporting events you might be interested in betting on. In 2018, the New England Patriots were the overwhelming favorites to win the Superbowl, with odds of 2-1 (or 12%), while the Los Angeles Rams were the underdogs with odds of 6-1 (or 36%).
What exactly makes the Rams an underdog at this point? Well, let’s take a quick look at the facts. First, they haven’t won a title since January 2017. Second, they’re one of the oldest teams in professional sports and have only won a championship two other times (in 1980 and 1984). Third, they play in the same division as the New England Patriots, which might cause some rivalries to form. Though they haven’t defeated the Pats in any of their recent match-ups, it’s still early in the season and these two teams have yet to square off. Fourth, they were expected to be bad last year. According to data from OddsBettings, the Rams were actually slightly better than expected, but still ranked as the 32nd best team in the league.
Over 1.5 Consistent
Though there were some ups and downs in the 2019 betting market, the value of a single Bitcoin largely stayed consistent throughout the entire year, which indicates a bit of a buying opportunity for those who were patient. According to data from CoinMarketCap, as of February 4, 2020, one Bitcoin is valued at $12,945.54, which is up slightly from the price of $12,450.00 in January and down slightly from the price of $13,400.51 in November 2019. In other words, Bitcoin was relatively stable in 2019, which means it’s a good time to buy if you’re looking to accumulate a bit of digital currency.
What might cause the value of a Bitcoin to go up or down? Well, a lot of things. Generally speaking, the more people that want to purchase a certain currency, the higher the price will go. For instance, if you’re looking to purchase Euros (either physically or digitally), then you’ll need to go to a few different places to find the best price. The same goes for other popular currencies like USD or GBP.
The 2019 MVP In Football
Though it wasn’t necessarily the most profitable season for quarterbacks, it’s tough to argue that the year wasn’t MVP worthy. According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, there were 10 quarterbacks who played at least 75% of the offensive snaps in 2019, which is the highest total since 2002 (11 quarterbacks). Furthermore, there were only two undefeated teams in the league in 2019 – the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Jets. Without further ado, here are the top three quarterbacks according to PFR:
- Kyler Murray – 1,977 yards (6.1 yards per attempt)
- Dwayne Haskins – 1,892 yards (6.2 yards per attempt)
- Baker Mayfield – 1,845 yards (5.9 yards per attempt)