Ready to jump right into betting on all of the big NFL football games? Then you need to make sure that you understand NFL statistics. Some punters aren’t big on learning all of the stats, preferring to just look at which teams look good for betting on. That’s a whimsical approach to what could be serious money. Are you sure that you want to give it any less than your most focused effort? It can take some time to learn the stats, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. We’ll go over a few stats with you, and then see about giving you the best advice to get you started.
1. Number of Touchdowns
At first, it might not sound like this is an important statistic. But you would be off base on that. Remember that touchdowns are part of scoring, and scoring is how we determine the point spread. Touchdowns are worth of a lot of points, and that’s always something to think about.
Case in point: Look at Denver with Peyton Manning. Denver knows that Peyton Manning puts up a lot of points. Pitted against a weak defense, they’re going to have a higher point spread because of Manning’s sheer ability to put up a lot of points. But against a strong defense, you’re going to deal with a much tighter spread. It’s really all about the spread when it comes to betting on NFL football.
Teams that have good running attacks when they play against a team that doesn’t have good run defense will rack up a ton of yards. So studying the number of yards your chosen team is known to collect can lead you to find whether the team is worth betting on or not. What if the underdog listed in the matchup has great yardage abilities, but is overlooked by the crowd? This is just one more reason why “the wisdom of crowds” might not be to your advantage as a punter.
A lot of people pick their teams based on offense, but what if you looked at your picks through the lens of good defense? The Pittsburgh Steelers have had great defense over the years, but their defense has suffered as players have been traded to other teams. The Detroit Lions have a great defense this year. Defense is an overlooked factor, and it really shouldn’t be. The right defense can stop an aggressive offense more than people think.
Overall, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to looking at the numbers. The numbers can pull you away from your token favorite, but you have to ask yourself this: do you want to make money, or do you want to claim so much loyalty that it ends up crippling you? Think about it and try to make better bets!