If you are betting on NFL football futures, that means you are looking at more of a long-term bet. Sometimes you can make bets on it throughout the season and sometimes you can only do it before the beginning of the season. There is greater risk because a lot could go wrong but there is a greater reward as you get a bigger payout since your money is tied up longer.
Super Bowl Odds
Betting on which team you think can win the Super Bowl is something can do throughout the season, but those odds can change, which changes the value of your bet. For example, it could be best to jump on the odds of a longshot to win the Super Bowl before the season starts because if they begin to do well, their odds will get worse. For example, Atlanta had 150/1 odds to win the Super Bowl last season, and while they did not win, their odds dramatically improved as the season went on. You can usually find the Super Bowl odds for the next season as soon as the big game is over (likely by the next morning, definitely by the following day). This is probably the most popular NFL future bet on the market.
But again, do not worry if you cannot find them in your sportsbook during the season as a lot of factors can change the odds: for example, as was just mentioned, teams just playing better or worse than the sportsbooks expected. Injuries to major players can also affect a team’s Super Bowl odds, which can create a trickle-down effect.
Regular Season Win Totals
Regular season win totals can be only done before the season starts, and the sportsbook will give you a team, and a number of wins; then, you bet on whether that team will go over or under that number. For example, Green Bay might have a win total of 9.5 (a lot of sportsbooks will put a half-game on their total to prevent a push, which means a tie and you get your money back). You would bet on whether you think the Packers will win more or less than 9.5 games. Regular season win totals are usually out in the preseason as the sportsbooks would like to know who is on the team and playing what roles, and that is a rule you should follow as well.
This is another future bet that has to be made prior to the regular season, and this is just what it sounds like: you are betting on which team will win the division. The four teams will be listed, and one team will be the favorite, and then the odds go from there. The odds for the division winners will be out around the time that the regular season win totals are released because again, the sportsbooks want all of the information they can get. You can also bet on who will win the AFC or the NFC, and this is a bet that you can make throughout the season.
Of course, you can find NFL betting odds for most or all of the individual awards that are handed out at the end of the season. These odds can be found throughout the season, but the NFL MVP is probably the first to go up at most sportsbooks. You will also find odds for the Coach of the Year award, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year, as well as the overall Rookie of the Year award, and a few others as the season progresses.
You might be able to find future odds on head-to-head matchups, which will pit two players against one another. It has to be something specific, so for example, who will have more receiving yards, Julio Jones or Antonio Brown? One player would be favored, and the other would be the underdog, and then you make your pick. This is a bet that you would make prior to the season starts.