American football is hugely and immensely-popular in the U.S. In the States, betting on American football is almost as much of a pastime as the sports itself is, and one of the most important things that would-be punters should keep in mind is to only wager with trusted sportsbooks. If you happen to be new to the game, starting off on the right foot is synonymous with where you actually place your bets. That’s our primary reason for listing some of the best, most-trusted sportsbooks in the industry above.

There are many different types of bets that can be placed on American football.

Straight Bets:

The team bet on hast to win by the point spread available at the time of the bet. Unless otherwise indicated, the odds are $1.10 to win $1.00 for straight wagers. In the event that the game is a tie, it’s considered “no action” – no harm or foul to your pocketbook. Also keep in mind that due to changing events, the point spread can actually fluctuate at any time.

Example: A punter wagers $110.00 on Cleveland -6 to beat +6. If San Diego happens to win by more than 6 points, then the player wins $100.00, so the total win amount would be $210.00 which would include the initial wager. If Cleveland only wins by 6 points, it doesn’t quite cut it and the game is considered “no action”. If the Cleveland wins by less than 7 points, the wager is lost.

Totals (also known as Over/Under bets):

A combined score of both teams for games wagered on, all totals lay $1.10 to win $1.00 (unless indicated otherwise).

Example: A player lays $110.00 on the OVER in the NY Jets/Dallas game. The total for the game is 45. If both teams’ combined score happens to be more than 45, then the player would win $100.00. If the combined score is equal to 45, then it nullifies this betting action and the game is considered “no action” which money being refunded. If the combined score is less than 45, then the wager is lost.

Money Line Wagers:

The team that’s bet on just has to win the game. The amount you lay or take for each game could actually vary. Regardless of any line shifts, the money line that exists at the time of the wager is the money line you keep throughout.

Example: A player wagers on Miami -160 at Minnesota +260. If Miami wins, then the player lays $160.00 down in order to win $100.00. If the player bets on Minnesota, then the player lays down $100.00 in order to win $260.00

Parlays (also known as Multiples or Combos):

This is a bet of 2 or more teams or propositions in no particular order. All teams bet upon in a parlay must win. If there’s a tie, or “no action” among the propositions made, the parlay reverts down a notch to the next lowest number for payoff purposes. In the event of a 2-team parlay, it’ll revert to a straight wager. No parlay bets are accepted where individual propositions or selections are connected. As an example of the latter, you can’t parlay the over of the first half of a football game with the over of the total game, because of the connection between the two.

Example: If all the games win, then the player would have won at 20-1 odds. If even only one team loses, then the entire parlay loses.


A teaser is a selection of two or more teams in one bet in which the point spread is adjusted in your favor. The number of teams selected and the number of points selected both determines the payout odds. A “Tie” or “No Action” and a “Win” on a two team teaser constitutes a “no action” wager. A “Tie” or a “No Action” and a “Loss” on a two team teaser constitutes a “losing” wager. Ties on a three or more team teaser reverts to the next lowest betting bracket.

Future Book Wagers:

A “futures” wager is a wager placed on an event that is scheduled to occur in the future. As a clear example, prior to the beginning of the regular season for each major sport, odds will be established for each team to win their individual division, conference and seasonal championship.

A wildly popular type of “future” wager is the over/under wager for the total number of victories across the entire season for a given team.

Side / Proposition Bets:

Simply put, proposition bets are generally considered any type of bet other than a straight “side” or “over/under” wager. To be specific American football, these wagers usually involve specific events that regularly happen throughout any given game, such as which team will be the first or last to score, which will be ahead by halftime, or whether the last score of the first half be a field goal.