What Statistics Matter in Football Betting?

While it’s true that individual stats don’t matter in football, as a whole, they do. Below, we’ll tell you which stats do and don’t matter when it comes to betting on football. There are a few that you need to know, and a few that you might have already heard of. Take a look and see if you can remember any other stats that might be important to you.

Individual Stats Don’t Matter

This is a bit of an obvious one, but it’s worth repeating. Individual stats don’t matter in football betting. It’s all about the team. When you make a bet, you’re predicting the outcome of a game. Because there’s so many variables (like the weather, the quality of the teams, and the performance of the players) it’s nearly impossible to predict what will happen in any given game. This is why stats like yards per game, rushing yards, and passing yards aren’t particularly useful when predicting the outcome of a football game.

These stats can be helpful in determining how well a certain team is doing in general, but they don’t matter in the scheme of things when making a football bet. If you’re trying to pick a winner in an individual matchup, then yes, these stats will help you a great deal.

Offense vs Defense Alignment

This is another important thing to consider when betting on football. Depending on which side of the ball you’re rooting for, the stats are going to be different and they might matter a bit more or a bit less. In general, if you’re betting on an even number of yards then you’re probably best off avoiding those games (unless you’re specifically picking a running game).

Conversely, if you’re betting on a defense then there’s a good chance that the offense is going to struggle to move the ball effectively. You should look for an even number of touchdowns scored in those situations. This way you’ll avoid overdrafting on a defensive team if they score first (it’s happened more than once).

Team Traits

The term “team traits” is used when referring to the overall makeup of a given team. For example, you might see a stat like “Team A is ranked higher in the power rankings than Team B” or “Team A is a physical team, while team B is a technical team.”

These are all examples of team traits. Sometimes they can be useful when making a guess at what will happen in the game, but mostly they’re just there to tell you something about the two teams you’re about to watch. One more thing, don’t expect too much from team traits. Despite what you might read, they rarely come up with any accurate information. The best you can usually do is have an idea of what the general theme is of the given team.

Quality Of Teammates

This is similar to the previous point, but for teammates of the same team. If you want to know definitively how well a team is going to do, then it’s usually best to look at their record against the top teams in the league. If you want to find out how effective a certain player is, then watch a few games and see how they perform against good teams.

On the flip side, if you’re looking for an underappreciated team, then you might want to avoid making a team with a lot of quality players. While it’s true that they can often perform well, it’s easier for them to achieve that status when the rest of the team is bad. If you want a team that will give you good value for your money, then make sure that the majority of the players are below average.

Depth Charts

As the name implies, this is a chart of the starting lineups of the various teams across the league. Sometimes coaches will put a greater emphasis on having as many bodies as possible on the field, resulting in some pretty odd-looking depth charts. Unless you’re specifically looking for a certain player (say, a kicker or a certain safety), these depth charts are generally not very useful when predicting the outcome of a game.

One exception is if you’re trying to find out who the starting quarterback is going to be. In those situations, the depth chart can be very helpful, as it typically contains a decent amount of information. However, just remember that these are starting lineups, so don’t expect to see the same players every week in a rotation.


There are a few health-related stats that you might see, but they aren’t always accurate reflections of how an individual player is going to perform on the field. This is particularly true with injuries, since players are often forced to sit out due to them. Last but not least, health is usually an issue in the off-season, so don’t expect great things from players coming back from injury.