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How to Prepare for the New NFL Season

Every February, NFL fans everywhere experience a sense of helplessness. We feel it too! The excitement of the Super Bowl starts to fade, and we realize it’s several months before we’ll get to see any type of action. There are no more game days to look forward to until the end of the summer. Although the season starts and ends at the same time each year, this period never seems to get any easier for us dedicated fans. September seems so far away.

There’s no reason to be down in the dumps though. As experienced football bettors, we recognize the opportunities that the NFL close season brings. It’s a great time to take a step back and try to objectively review the previous season in as much detail as possible. This is an excellent learning opportunity, as we tend to miss things while the season is actually taking place. The opinions we’ve formed on teams will often change significantly once we’ve looked at the entire season in perspective.

Of course, teams don’t stand still during the close season. That’s why this is also a good time to assess the changes that each team is making, and try to determine the effects they might have. This will give us a good indication of the strength of teams going into the new season, which is extremely valuable information when it comes to betting on the early games.

There are countless things we can do to prepare for the upcoming season. We can study our betting results, for example, to look for ways to improve. We have the time to test out new strategies and theories too, and plan our betting approach for the coming season. It would also be beneficial to gauge how the media and the public are rating each team, and think about how that might affect the betting markets.

We basically want to do anything and everything we can to be fully prepared for the new NFL season. Players and coaches know that proper preparation is the key to a good season, and it’s the same for us from a betting perspective. There’s no doubt that the bookmakers will be spending this time to prepare, so we need to make sure we don’t give them a bigger advantage than they already have.

In this article we talk you through exactly what you should be doing between one season finishing and another one starting. We’ve tried to cover everything in chronological order, so this article basically serves as step-by-step guide. Following it will certainly increase your chances of having a profitable season. We’ve also looked briefly at some of the betting opportunities that the close season presents.

Basic Statistical Analysis

This is something you can do as soon as the hype of the Super Bowl has simmered down. The full season’s statistics are readily available from a variety of sources, and we definitely suggest studying them. They can provide useful insight into just how well the teams and players performed over the course of the season. They will also help you identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of each team.

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Unfortunately, much of what you learn from this analysis won’t help you immediately. The real benefits come later on in the close season, and also during the following season. That’s why it’s important to take detailed notes at this stage, so that you can refer back to them when appropriate.

Your goal here should be to get a general idea of where each team is currently at. Remember that most teams are likely to undergo some changes before the following season starts, but you need a starting point for when you come to assess those changes. Some basic statistical analysis will provide you with just that.

We typically start by looking at the following stats for each team.

  • Points per game (scored and allowed)
  • Yards per game (gained and allowed)
  • Third down efficiency
  • Sacks per game
  • Tackles per game
  • Interceptions per game

These are among the simplest stats available, so it’s important to recognize that they’re ultimately limited when looking at them exclusively. They can help you understand how effective each team is in offense and defense. We want to start forming some initial impressions about where they were strong and/or where they were weak.

After we finish that, we can then look at some of the slightly more complex statistics, like the ones listed below.

  • Pass Yards Per Attempt
  • Team Yards Per Carry
  • Turnover Differential
  • Negative Pass Play Percentage

These stats provide us with a better understanding of each teams’ overall efficiency on the field. Again, they can only tell us so much in isolation of other factors. However, they allow us to expand further on our initial impressions, and dig a little deeper into teams’ strengths and weaknesses.

We generally focus on how well teams performed collectively rather than how well players performed individually. This is why we look mostly at the team stats. Regardless, player stats can also be useful. This is particularly true when we consider the effect of specific roster changes, which we’ll explain more about later. So we like to study the headline player stats too, and try to understand which players were the best in each position.

For more information on the stats we’ve outlined here, including details of exactly what they can tell us, please see the following page.

Once the basis statistical analysis is complete, you can then move on to analyzing team performances beyond what the stats can tell you.

Detailed Performance Analysis

The stats you’ve studied by this stage will have given you some insight into how well each team performed in offense and defense, and where their main strengths and weaknesses may lie. Now you want to start analyzing their performances in more detail. There’s a lot more to learn that will prove useful in the future. Again, you should keep notes of this analysis so that you can refer back to them when needed.

This stage of the review process requires you to go back over what you’ve seen over the past season. You may even want to go through some old game reports to help with this, and a lot of media outlets produce comprehensive season reviews that are also worth reading. Some outlets, such as ESPN, even produce season reviews specifically from a betting perspective.

Here are some of the questions you should try to answer about each team.

  • Did they have a preferred style of play?
  • Did they have to rely heavily on either offense or defense, or were they more balanced?
  • Who were their most important players?
  • Did they get better as the season went on, or start well and fade away?
  • How was their consistency?
  • Were any players showing signs of improvement or signs of decline?
  • Did they suffer from injuries and/or suspensions?
  • Were there any obvious weaknesses?
  • How did they perform compared to preseason expectations?

The goal here is to understand as much as possible about each team. Answering these kind of questions will give you a much more rounded view of each team than statistics alone. Plus, you’ll have a clear picture of exactly where each team is. You’ll be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses. You’ll know where and when they under or over performed. And best of all, you’ll have some idea as to why!

This all becomes very useful later on in the close season when you start to look at the changes each team is making. It can also help with certain betting decisions in the following season.

As part of this detailed performance analysis, we also suggest paying close attention to some of the important situational factors that can affect what happens on the field of play. Try to answer the following questions for each team too.

  • How did they play at home versus on the road?
  • Did they get affected when travelling long distances?
  • How did they play when the pressure was on?
  • How did they react to poor performances or poor results?
  • Did they appear more motivated for certain games?
  • How did they cope with injuries and suspensions?
  • Were they affected by adverse weather conditions at all?

Again, answering these question will help you gain a deeper understanding of each team. The more you know about their tendencies, the better you’ll be able to predict how they’re likely to perform in individual games and over the course of a season.

Studying how situational factors have affected performances and results can also help when it comes to identifying trends and patterns in football.

Advanced Statistical Analysis

This has nothing to do with evaluating performances. The focus here isn’t to learn more about each team, but to try to understand how useful certain statistics actually are. Although we don’t consider this an essential part of reviewing a previous season, it’s something we recommend spending time on if you can.

The idea is to analyze some of the individual statistics and see how they correlate to what the teams did on the field. For example, at the end of the 2015 season one of the stats we studied was “Pass Yards Per Attempt.” We were confident that this was a useful indicator of a team’s ability to score points and win games, but we wanted to see how much of a correlation there was between these things.

We started this analysis by ranking the top ten teams by “Pass Yards Per Attempt” for the season. This was easy enough to do using statistics published on the NFL website. We then looked at where each of these top ten teams ranked for “Points Per Game” during the season, and how many games they had won. This is what we found.

Pass Yards Per Attempt Rank Team Points Per Game Rank Games Won
1st Arizona Cardinals 2nd 13
2nd Seattle Seahawks 4th 10
3rd Pittsburgh Steelers 4th 10
4th Cincinnati Bengals 7th 12
5th New Orleans Saints 8th 7
6th Washington Redskins 10th 9
7th Buffalo Bills 12th 8
8th Carolina Panthers 1st 15
9th New England Patriots 3rd 12
10th Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20th 6

As you can see, eight of the top ten teams for “Pass Yards Per Attempt” were among the top ten teams for “Points Per Game.” The Bills were just outside the top ten, in 12th, and the Buccaneers were down in 20th. This clearly tells us that there’s a reasonably strong correlation between “Pass Yards Per Attempt” and the number of points scored.

Unsurprisingly, then, there’s also a correlation with games won. The Cardinals topped the rankings for “Pass Yards Per Attempt,” and only one team won more games than them that season. It’s also important to note that only two teams out of this top ten had a losing record for the season.

Believe us, this information is valuable. By doing this kind of analysis for a range of different stats, we can learn how to use those stats more effectively. It’s time consuming, but worth it. Actually, this is something that we suggest doing every season, as correlations can change from one season to the next season for a variety of different reasons.

Review Your Betting Records

Reviewing the previous season shouldn’t stop with looking at how the teams and players performed. You should also look at how YOU performed too. Specifically, you should study your betting records in detail and carry out some proper analysis.

This should be an ongoing process to some extent, as it’s always advisable to keep a close eye on how your betting is going. It allows you to make adjustments as and when appropriate, to ensure that you’re maximizing your chances of success.

However, time is limited during a season. The focus is rightly on other things during the season, which is why the close season is an ideal time to review your performance and draw some conclusions in regards to what went right and what went wrong. This involves more than just looking at how much you won or lost. Here’s a list of questions you should try to answer.

  • Were there any types of wager that you lost consistently?
  • Were there any types of wager that were especially profitable?
  • Which strategies were the most effective?
  • Which strategies were the least effective?
  • Did you make any obvious mistakes repeatedly?
  • Are there any obvious improvements you can make?
  • Were there any teams you favored too often?
  • Were there any teams you underrated too often?
  • Which statistics proved the most/least useful?
  • Did any trends you followed prove useful or not?

Now, you’ll only be able to answer these questions if you’ve kept accurate and detailed betting records. If you find that you don’t have the required information, you might also want to review HOW you record your betting activity. Make sure that you’re including enough details about the thought processes you went through, and the reasoning behind each selection made.

Properly analyzing past betting records can be invaluable. It helps you to identify your own strengths and weaknesses, which will allow you to consistently improve as a bettor. It also helps you to fine-tune any systems and strategies you use, and make them more effective. These things naturally increase your overall chances of making money.

Review Your Betting Records

We’ve been betting on football for too many years to count. Even though we’ve been consistently successful, we’re always looking for ways to improve. We try to work on our skills to improve in any we can, and we’re constantly analyzing the information available and trying to make our strategies more effective.

These are things that we strongly urge you to do too.

Our football betting guide is full of useful strategy advice, and you can definitely make money if you follow it. The best way to be truly successful, though, is to develop your own theories and strategies. This can help you gain a real edge over the bookmakers on a consistent basis.

It’s likely that you’ll come up with all kinds of theories on different aspects of football over time. This is especially true for those of you who follow the sport closely, and really pay attention to details. Some of these theories will be flawed when you dig into them, but there’s a good chance that you’ll discover a few that have merit. These theories might help you form a betting perspective, and they might even enable you to develop effective new strategies.

The close season is a good time to put any theories and strategies you’ve come up with to the test. You can go over the previous season, and see how much weight the new theories hold. You can also see if any new betting strategies would have been profitable if applied throughout the season.

Below we’ve used an example of a theory we came up with to demonstrate HOW theories can be tested. We’ve also explained how strategies can be tested.

Testing theories

During the 2015 NFL season, we had a theory about regular season division games. We already knew that teams were usually especially motivated for games against their divisional rivals, but we were starting to wonder about the impact of this. We had a feeling that it led to these games being played more openly, with both teams typically pushing hard for the win. Our theory was that these games would tend to feature higher points totals than average.

At the end of the season, we made it our mission to test this theory. We started with the AFC East, and compiled a list of each team’s results for the 2015 season. We separated these results into two categories. One for division games, and one for all the other games. We then added up the total number of points scored in the division games. This came to 559. With 12 division games played, this gave us an average of 46.6 points scored per division game.

Then we added up the total number of points scored in the other games, broken down by team. This is what we found.

  • New England Patriots – 503 points (50.3 per game on average)
  • New York Jets – 425 points (42.5 per game on average)
  • Buffalo Bills – 450 points (45 per game on average)
  • Miami Dolphins – 422 points (42.2 per game on average)

So what did this tell us? Well, it suggested that we might be on to something. Non-division games featuring the Patriots averaged 50.3 points per game. That was higher than the average for AFC East division games, but the average for all the other teams was lower. Considering that the Patriots were the second highest scoring team in the whole of the NFL in 2015, it wasn’t unreasonable to look at their results as the outlier.

When we added up ALL the points for non-division games involving AFC East teams, we got 1800. That was across 40 games, so the average was exactly 45. That was only slightly lower than the 46.6 average for the division games. We clearly needed to research some more numbers to see if there was any truth to our theory.

We did that by going through the results for the remaining seven divisions. The results were inconclusive. The average for division games WAS higher than for non-division games, just not by enough to be relevant. So although it looked like our theory was correct, it wasn’t something we could really put to use. We decided to track the figures for the following season too though, to see if that would tell us anything more.

Testing strategies

Now, if we’d found that the average for division games was SIGNIFICANTLY higher than for non-division games, this would have given us a new strategy to consider. There may have been some merit in consistently backing the over (total points scored) in division games. We would have wanted to test that strategy too.

Testing a betting strategy is relatively straightforward. We just need to apply it with hindsight, to see whether it would have been effective. This means researching previous odds and lines, and plotting the results we would have seen had we wagered according to the strategy.

In this case, for example, we would have had to research the totals lines and associated odds for each division game during the season. We could then have worked out when a bet on the over would have won, and at what odds, and when it would have lost. With this information we could easily see whether the strategy had any potential or not. We’d have to develop it further if it did, rather than just blindly betting the over, but we’d have a basic idea to work from.

Anything you learn from developing and testing new theories and strategies will need to be carefully considered later on in the close season, when you start forming a betting plan for the new season. This is something we cover later in this article.

Assess the Available Resources

This is one of the least obvious things to spend time on during the offseason. It’s something that very few bettors do, but thinking carefully about which resources you use WILL benefit you. We regularly assess the various resources that are available to us, for reasons we’ll explain now.

Information is power. This is true when betting on the NFL, or when betting on any sport in general. The more information we have, the easier it becomes to make reasoned judgments about what’s going to happen in the future. However, the QUALITY of the information at our disposal is just as important as the quantity. In fact, it’s even more important.

Good information doesn’t always lead to good betting decisions, but bad information almost always leads to bad betting decisions.

This is entirely logical. If we’re making our betting decisions based on bad information, then we’re unlikely to be very successful. So we need to make sure that the information we rely on is both accurate and useful. And a lot of the information that’s available to us is neither of these things.

We can find NFL related information in a variety of places. There’s an enormous amount of coverage on the TV, and we’re not just talking about the coverage of the actual games. There’s a lot of editorial stuff too. This includes game previews, game reviews and even just guys sitting in a studio chatting about the NFL. The papers cover the NFL extensively too, and then there’s always the Internet to consider. There are news sites, opinion sites, picks sites, stats sites, blogs, forums and other websites that cover the NFL. Social media, especially Twitter, is also full of people offering their opinions.

We need to determine which of these sources will give us the most useful information.

Now, a lot of the information we use for betting on the NFL is entirely factual. Statistics, for example, along with game results and injury reports are resources we know to be factual. We don’t need to worry too much about where we get this information. We just need to make sure we’re using reputable resources, so that we can rely on them to be accurate.

A lot of the information we use is more subjective though. For example, we can’t watch every single game that’s played each season. So for some games, we have to rely on the views and analysis of others if we want any real insight into how the teams and players performed. Where we choose to get that information can be pivotal for our betting success.

There are some people who are excellent at breaking down a game that’s been played, and explaining what’s happened and why. These people are worth paying attention to. If they’re on the television, we should watch their shows. If they write for a newspaper, or for a website, we should read their articles. We can actually learn something useful from them. It is, however, important to realize that not everyone who has their own commentary on the TV, the newspaper or the Internet can actually offer us valuable information.

Just because someone works for a respectable media outlet, or is labeled an “expert”, there are no guarantees that their opinions are actually worth much.

The main point here is that you need to be careful about who you trust. Subjective information can be incredibly useful, but only if it comes from someone who actually knows their stuff. So the close season is a great time to review the resources that you’ve been using, and assess just how valuable they really are. The goal is to identify a few genuinely useful resources that you know you can rely on for the following season.

Study Roster & Coaching Changes

A lot can change between one NFL season finishing and the next. Teams will lose players to retirement and to other teams, and of course they’ll recruit new players through free agency and the draft. There are often changes to the coaching staff too. Some coaches retire, some get fired and some take on the responsibility of coaching new teams.

When a team makes changes to its roster and coaching staff, it obviously affects their overall makeup. What’s not always so obvious, though, is exactly HOW they affect things. So we need to properly study the changes that each team has made, and try to assess their likely impact. This is a vital part of our preparation for the following season.

It’s very important that we don’t make assumptions though.

Football is a complex sport. Better players and better coaches clearly make for a better team, but it’s not quite that straightforward. Even a team with top-notch players and an accomplished head coach isn’t guaranteed to have a winning season. On the other hand, a team with average players and a mediocre head coach could possibly have a surprising playoff record.

There’s a lot of subjectivity in football. Just think about how many debates take place about who’s the best quarterback at any given time, or who’s the best coach. These things are always a matter of opinion to some extent.

This is why we have to go beyond the surface of roster and coaching changes, and really search for details. It’s no good just assuming that a team is automatically weaker because they’ve lost a talented player and not replaced him, or that a team is automatically stronger because they’ve signed two or three top quality players.

We need to look at ALL the changes collectively, and think carefully about what we already know about each team. After that, we can start to determine whether each team is stronger or weaker as a result of their changes.

Now, there isn’t really a right or wrong way to approach this. There are a few things that we definitely recommend doing though, so let’s go through these one by one.

Remember your previous analysis

We told you earlier that you should take detailed notes when reviewing the statistics and teams’ performances from the previous season. Now is a good time to consult those notes. What you learned then will be beneficial when it comes to assessing the potential impact of changes to each team’s roster and coaching staff.

Take a team that had obvious weaknesses for example. If they’ve made moves to specifically address those weaknesses, then that’s a good sign that they’re likely to improve overall. If they’ve only strengthened in areas where they were previously strong, however, then any overall improvement may only be marginal.

Another example is if a team has lost a player that was an especially big contributor. If they’ve replaced that player adequately, then they may not suffer too much from the loss. On the other hand, if they’ve failed to replace him, or have replaced him with an inferior player, then that could spell trouble.

Research the rookies

There’s a big influx of new rookies into the NFL every year. Over 200 are drafted, and even more are signed as free agents. Although many of these players won’t be expecting to get a lot of game time in their first season, some of them will. And even those that don’t might end up having important roles to play.

We always recommend spending a decent amount of time researching the rookies. This shouldn’t be too difficult to do if you already watch college football. If you don’t, then most of your research will have to be done through reading various articles across the Internet.

Look past the headlines

There are always several roster and coaching changes that make the headlines during the offseason. People are very aware of these changes, which is why they typically have such an impact on betting decisions.

However, low profile changes that go almost unnoticed can sometimes make the biggest differences to teams. So be sure to look at ALL the changes, and not just the major ones.

Consider style of play

Looking at the quality of a player alone isn’t enough to make an informed judgment about whether he’ll improve a team or not. You must also consider how well he’s going into fit in with a team’s preferred style of play. A player might be very talented, but if he’s not well suited for a team, then his impact could easily be negative rather than positive. A player that’s not so talented, but is an ideal fit for a team, is perhaps more likely to become a real asset.

Teams think about these things when signing new players of course, so you might assume that they’ll only ever sign players that WILL fit in well. That’s not the case though. Sometimes they take calculated risks that may or not work out, and sometimes they just completely misjudge the situation. That’s why forming your own opinions is so important.

Style of play must also be considered when new coaches are coming in. It’s important to take into consideration what playing style he has in mind for his new team in comparison to the style that team already had. If he’s going to continue with the same style, or make slight adjustments, then there shouldn’t be any adverse disruption. If he’s going to employ a completely different style, then the team might take some time to get used to it. That could affect how well they play early on in the season.

Consider mental and personal attributes

In addition to the quality of a player, and his ability to adapt to his new team’s style of play, you should also consider his mental and personal attributes. Football teams are often made up with players who have with similar attributes in these areas. If a new player coming in doesn’t share those, then he may not fit in with the team as well as expected. In a worst-case scenario, he could even upset the harmony at the club.

Of course, it could be a positive thing too. If a team has a number of mentally weak players, for example, then a proven winner with real drive and determination can help to improve things.

Consider volume of changes

The volume of changes made by a team is almost as important as what changes were made. If a team has made very few changes, but each one appears to have been carefully considered and fills an obvious gap, then they are likely to benefit from those changes immediately. If a team has made wholesale changes, however, then it’s much more difficult to know what the impact will be. Some teams quickly adapt to changes, some teams take almost an entire season to fully adjust and some teams just never get there at all.

We know this is a lot of information to think about. It’s fair to say that very few bettors analyze things to this degree. Even the bookmakers don’t always look at these minute details in the same depth that we just did, which is why this provides us with an excellent opportunity to gain an edge over them. If you study roster and coaching changes to this extent, and also consider your earlier analysis, then forming genuinely educated opinions on what each team is going to be capable of in the coming season should come natural.

These opinions will possibly change once the season is underway and a few games have been played, but you’ll at least be working from a solid foundation.

There are now just a few more steps you need to take to complete your preparation for the new NFL season.

The Final Steps

By the time you’ve studied the entire roster and coaching changes, the new NFL season will be fast approaching. If you’ve followed all the advice we’ve offered so far in this article, most of the hard work will be out of the way. That doesn’t mean it’s time to rest just yet though. Here’s a list of the final steps you need to take.

  • Watch the preseason games
  • Gauge media and public opinion
  • Go through the schedule
  • Form a detailed plan for the upcoming season

Let’s explore each of these steps in a little detail.

Watch the preseason games

The preseason schedule typically starts in the first or second week of August. It begins with the Hall of Game, which officially marks the end of the NFL offseason. Teams then play a game each week for the following four weeks, right up until the season officially starts.

It’s a common misconception that the preseason is essentially irrelevant from a betting perspective. This is because they’re often used by teams to evaluate newly signed players, and/or experiment with different lineups and tactics.

However, although the actual results are fairly meaningless, there’s a lot we can learn from preseason games.

The preseason represents our first chance to see each team in action following all the changes they’ve made, and it can be surprisingly informative. It’s especially useful when it comes to taking a proper look at the rookies, as they’re likely to get plenty of play time. The games can also help us to understand how each team is likely to set up for the coming season, and give us some idea of how strong each team is in terms of roster depth.

Now, it’s not realistic to think that you can watch ALL the preseason games. It IS important that you set aside enough time to watch a few, making sure you pay attention to those involving teams that you know you’ll be betting on throughout the season. It’s also advisable to watch any teams that have undergone significant transition. For the games that you don’t get to watch, try to read a couple of reports from each one. This is also a great way to gain useful insight.

You might also like to consider betting on the preseason games. There’s often some real value to be found, although you need to take a slightly different approach than when betting on competitive games. This is something we expand upon in the following article.

Gauge media and public opinion

The preseason is usually when most of the media and the public start forming their opinions on each team. You’ll be way ahead of them if you’ve used the offseason effectively, but it’s still worth paying attention to their viewpoints. They might point something out to you that you may have otherwise missed.

It’s also important to remember that public opinion will often affect the odds and lines available at bookmakers and betting sites throughout the season. If you know which teams are being hyped up, and which teams are being talked down, then you’ll be able to factor that in when studying the odds and lines. Ultimately, this will help you determine where the value lies.

Go through the schedule

Just before the season starts, we go through the entire schedule for each and every team. This is primarily to understand how tough (or easy) each team has it, so we can better assess their overall chances for the season. A difficult schedule can make a big difference to how we expect a team to perform.

We also tend to look for games that we think we’re likely to bet on, and form some initial ideas on how they’re likely to play out. There’ll obviously be new information to factor in by the time those games come around, but it’s always good to be prepared ahead of time.

Form a plan

This is a very important step in our preparation. We usually work on our plan throughout the close season, before finalizing it after we’ve completed all the other steps. This enables us to take everything we’ve learned into consideration, and know exactly how we’re going to approach our betting in the coming season.

A good plan is vital if we want to structure our betting properly. We have to be flexible, and willing to change as we learn new things as the season progresses. We also need to have clear ideas about what we want to achieve, and how we’re going to achieve it. We have to decide the size of our bankroll, and formulate a staking plan accordingly. We also decide if there are any teams we’re going to really focus on, or any that we’re not going to pay much attention to. We think about which strategies we’re going to use too, and which stats we’re going to rely on.

Finally, we have covered everything you need to do to be fully prepared for a new NFL season. If you spend enough time during the close season, and take all the steps we’ve outlined here, you’ll be in a very good position to make some money.

There are some other things you can do during the offseason too, and we’ll get to those in just a moment. Before we move on to them, though, we’ll leave you with a few quotes relating to the importance of preparation. If you’re not already convinced, these will hopefully give you the inspiration you need to fully commit to properly preparing for an NFL season.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Benjamin Franklin
“Success if where preparation and opportunity meet.” Bobby Unser
“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” Confucius
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Alexander Graham Bell

Other Offseason Opportunities

Most of your spare time during the NFL offseason should be spent on the preparatory work that we’ve outlined in this article. Unless betting is your full time job, you probably won’t have time to do anything extra. There are, however, three other things that you should try to fit in if you can.

  • Expand your general football and betting knowledge
  • Compare what betting sites have to offer
  • Explore close season betting opportunities

Much of what we recommend doing during the offseason involves expanding your knowledge in one way or another. But in addition to the specific steps we’ve already mentioned, you should also look to expand your football and betting knowledge. This means doing some additional reading and studying.

Please note that this is something that you can do at any time. You can never know too much, and it pays to always be learning. The more you know, the better your chances of consistently making good betting decisions. The offseason is definitely a good opportunity for expanding your knowledge though, assuming you can find the time. Here are a few resources to help you get started..

If you haven’t read the rest of our football betting guide yet, you should. There’s a lot more useful information and advice that will help you.

In addition to our football betting guide, there’s also our sports betting guide. This features additional information and advice that applies to sports betting in general.

Our blog regularly features new articles on a wide range of gambling related topics. We usually add a few NFL articles during the offseason.

This popular and busy forum is well worth visiting. You’ll probably have to sift through the amateur articles in order to find the really useful information, but it can be done.

This is another popular forum we recommend visiting. There are always some interesting discussions relating to betting on the NFL.

This Reddit sees a lot of activity during the offseason, as well as during the season itself. Again, there are regularly some very interesting discussions to read or participate in.

It never hurts to read a book or two as well. There have been many good books written on the subject of betting strategy, and some that even focus specifically on football betting. These can really help you to further develop your understanding of what it takes to be successful.

The offseason is also an opportunity to look at what the various different online betting sites have to offer. There might be a new site that’s worth looking at, or sites that you’re currently not using that have significantly improved. At GamblingSites.com we maintain an up to date list of the best football betting sites currently, so this is a good place to start.


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Finally, there are a few betting opportunities during the offseason. We’ve already mentioned betting on preseason games, but there are others too. You can bet on which team will win the Super Bowl, for example, or which teams will make the playoffs. It’s also possible to bet on how may games you think a team will win throughout the season. Although it can be hard to predict these things before a season has started, you’ll have a lot of information to work with if you’ve done all the necessary preparation.

Find more information on these types of wagers by referring to the following pages. We’ve also offered some useful strategy advice.

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