If you’re a fan of American football and has been updated with the latest happenings in the industry, it is virtually impossible to miss that Tom Brady once again proved how legendary he is of a player by bringing home another Super Bowl with his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the hype of the closing of the most recent Super Bowl still hot, talks about the upcoming season are already starting, especially with the question of who would be the next MVP.
The talks are already hot, even though the new season does not start until September this year. You can now read things talking about NFL mock draft 2021, predictions for trades and retentions, and of course, odds and lines. There are the usual early odds for each team for future bettors, but how do the odds for the 2021 season MVP look like right now? Here is what you should know.
Do take note that, as always, these numbers and standing in the odds are current as of the time of writing and may change anytime.
Russell Wilson (+1300)
Remember the time when Russel was the surefire MVP for the season? The hype was strong around him, but it faded quickly. Wilson had good numbers early in the season, but he failed to show further impressive stats throughout.
Although there is the possibility of him playing his last game for the Seahawks, it is still a fact that Wilson is a powerhouse on his own and when paired with the right team, may prove to be one of the top contenders.
Matthew Stafford (+1500)
Although Stafford always had impressive numbers during his games, his win record is not that as impressive. However, it is expected that people would get to see what he has to offer this time.
The reason why he was pushed so high on the odds board was that this time was because he is set to play along with a more formidable team–Los Angeles Rams–with the likes of Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee, and Josh Reynolds.
Tom Brady (+1600)
You may expect the current MVP on the top, but the current odds do not think so–for now, at least.
With the kind of player that Brady is, it won’t be a huge shock if he bags the MPV for the next seasons as well, bringing in another win for Tampa Bay. This would become even more possible if he and the team would be able to pick up on the high note that they left for the recent seasons and find the room for improvement that would make their overall game better.
Deshaun Watson (+1700)
Although he is still under contract to play for Houston, Watson had been very vocal about his dissatisfaction and the fact that he already wants out of the team. The team, in turn, has two options: to refuse to trade him for now or to sell him to other teams while he is still considered a hot property.
Although his odds of becoming MVP is quite promising, it still lies in a big line of uncertainty.
Lamar Jackson (+1700)
Lamar Jackson once made the headlines for winning the MVP by a landslide. However, the spotlight seemed to have a hard time finding him again, and he was not even as close to being in the list of most people for MVP last season.
Still, he is surely one of the best contenders for the title should he be able to bounce back for the upcoming season. This is also one of the reasons why he is currently the top favorite for future betting. If he managed to improve his numbers and helped the Ravens get more wins, he is no doubt on his way to becoming MVP again.
How to Bet on the NFL
When people enter the sports betting markets, they tend to focus on events that they know. In regard to online betting, soccer is the most popular option among customers, followed by horse racing and that tells us a lot.
Punters stay with what feels comfortable while other sports such as NFL, might seem daunting by comparison. Experienced members of the betting community will, however, be aware that American football can provide strong options and some good value.
When studied in closer detail, there really isn’t anything to be concerned about. It may be a complex sport that some have described as ‘human chess’ but betting on the NFL is really quite straightforward.
Before betting on any sport, there are some basic rules to follow. Firstly, we want to be using a trusted sport betting site that provides a wide range of markets along with competitive odds. Choice and value are paramount, irrespective of whether we’re betting on soccer, NFL or water polo so remember to take care on those elementary elements.
Safety and security are also vital so look to play with an established site that is transparent in terms of its license and registration while outlining all the measures that they take in order to encrypt and protect your sensitive information.
Place Your Bets
All sports and divisions can have their own terminology and the NFL is no exception. To start with the very basics, we’ll open with the moneyline bet which is referred to as a ‘result’ market in other parts of the world. Whatever it may be called, the concept is a simple one and it relates to which of the two teams involved is going to win a specific match.
Your chosen sportsbook will show odds for both teams and it’s the job of the bettor to decide which of them is going to win. As with any sporting event, research can be key to making the correct call here. Recent form should be assessed while head to head statistics relating to previous matches between the two franchises can also be vital.
It’s the obvious place to start for those who are new to NFL betting but experienced players also like to get involved as this is the most elementary pick. Beyond the moneyline market, there are many other options to consider.
Another common term used in NFL and wider sports betting is the ‘prop’. Referred to as a side market in other areas, a prop relates to a market that doesn’t necessarily affect the result of the game.
A good example in this case is Totals betting which relates to the number of points scored during a game. The Packers and the Jets might score a combined total of 60 points during their match but that doesn’t tell us which side has won. That’s the essence of a prop – a side bet that doesn’t directly relate to the result.
When a sportsbook quotes for Totals betting, they are setting lines and it’s the job of the bettor to stake Over or Under that line. A typical line might be set at 49.5 so, in that scenario of 60 points in our notional game between the Packers and the Jets. anyone staking Over the 49.5 line would have claimed a profit.
As with the moneyline bet, punters can help their cause by doing some research into the upcoming match. If the Packers and the Jets are in good form with lots of touchdowns landing, then the conclusion might be that you should bet Over the 49.5 line. If the reverse is true, then you may be looking to go Under that mark.
On the Spread
Another popular side bet for many NFL matches is the points spread. This is known as a handicap elsewhere and it involves giving one team a notional head starts in order to tweak the odds.
For this example, we’ll say that the Packers are a short price of -150 to beat the Giants in the regular moneyline market. By giving the Giants a 7.5 points head start, however, we might lift the Packers’ odds to +150. In order to deliver the profit, the Packers must win the game by at least eight points.
What a Tease
If one bet isn’t enough, it is possible to consider parlays and teasers. Both terms are commonly used to cover multiple bets where two or more stakes are combined. So, you might bet on both the Patriots and the Raiders to win their weekend matches. The multiple bets works well in the moneyline markets, but it can also be used for any of the prop bets that we’ve mentioned here.
The returns can be excellent, but exposure is increased and both of those selections – the Patriots and the Raiders – need to win in order to collect a profit. If one or both teams lose, the stake is lost.
There are pros and cons to each of the markets that we’ve mentioned in this round up. Many bettors prefer to keep it simple and stay with the moneyline bet. Exposure is lower and shocks are relatively rare in the straight result betting.
It’s all about personal preference so find your own niche after understanding all of the options. It may not be the obvious choice, but the NFL offers many possibilities for the betting community.
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