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A Guide to Prop Betting in NFL Games


American football is like a religion to its fans, with the NFL reigning supreme as its most popular format. With the online sports betting industry growing larger by the day as the 21st century marches on with its digital advancements, the NFL is unsurprisingly proving highly popular among US punters.  


Given how many online betting platforms are available now, there’s a huge variety of ways to play. Punters can bet on everything from the outcomes of games to how teams or players will perform across entire seasons. However, another option known as prop betting is also growing in popularity. Here’s a guide to how it all works. 

Sports Betting in the USA

Legalized sports betting still varies from state to state in the US, with no conclusive unifying federal legislation in place. As a result, many betting enthusiasts are forced to turn to offshore platforms. However, Techopedia’s Jeremy Olson cautions that offshore options need to be verified so that players are up to speed with how those platforms operate in terms of things like their licensing, and bonuses, competitive odds, and betting options offered.


While sports betting can be a lot of fun and very lucrative for enthusiasts, it can also tend to be an intimidating venture with what seems like complex rules. There are certainly many variations in sports betting like point spreads, and over/under bets.


However, the esoteric terminology aside, most types of sports betting refer to the various ways a person can bet on the outcome of a game. In contrast, prop betting can be more subjective, and actually a more fun way to bet on a game. So, what exactly is prop betting?

What is Prop Betting?

Unlike sports betting variations like moneylines for example, prop (or proposition) betting has nothing to do with the outcome of a game — as in who wins or loses. Prop betting actually makes for a more unique style of betting. It can be applied to an individual team’s or player’s performance during a game.


In that sense, it’s easy to see just how unique prop betting can get since it caters to a wider scope of outcomes. There are generally two categories it can fall into. Let’s explore these in more detail.

Over/Under Prop Betting

The first category melds prop betting with another variation known as over/under bets. In this category, a punter can bet on how a certain player or team will perform against a statistical metric, and whether their performance will be over or under the benchmark figure.


This may sound complex but it’s actually quite a simple concept. The type of metric used will generally depend on the type of game being played. The differences in the sports themselves dictates how this kind of prop bet works.

Yes/No Prop Betting

The second category of prop betting works on a simple yes or no proposition. For example, a punter can bet on whether or not a particular team will score first. Again, given the open-ended nature of this style of betting, the possibilities are practically limitless and allow for a bettor to get creative.

Examples of Prop Bets for NFL Punters

Whether you use an over/under or a yes/no prop bet for an NFL game, there are multitude of ways to make them fun and exciting. For over/under bets, a bettor could wager on how many total yards a team will make and whether or not it will be more or less than the benchmark bet on.


This kind of bet can be broken down further by the type of yardage bet on. The same can be applied to the number of points scored, or how the points will be scored; for example by touchdowns or field goals.


If a yes/no prop bet is chosen, punters can bet on things like which team will score points first. The possibilities are up to the punter and can be applied in a myriad of ways. Regardless of the prop bet chosen, bettors can choose to bet on a particular team, or even a specific player and how that player will perform in the game.


With odds in prop bets, you simply have to understand the two numbers listed. For example, in an NFL game, an over/under prop bet listed for a player against a metric of 18 points would be listed as follows:


Player X: 80 points (+120)


The first number for an over bet means Player X must score more than 18 points in that game, with the +120 simply referring to payout amount. If you bet $100 on such a bet, you would win $220 in total, consisting of $120 on top of the original $100 wagered.   


Prop betting for NFL games can make for exciting ways to shake up traditional forms of punting. They allow bettors to either choose how a team or even an individual player will perform across a wide range of possible metrics.


With more ways to personalize a bet, it can make for a fun and subjective way to place a sports bet. Of course, it helps to know the teams, players, and how the odds work before betting, so the bet can have a strategic basis that will hopefully result in a win.   


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