NFL Schedules

Understanding NFL Schedule

The NFL regular season starts in September running until the mid-January playoffs and culminating in the Super Bowl in February. Compared to other major professional leagues, the NFL season is short and features fewer games. For this reason, and the overall popularity of the league, each game brings significant handle to the sportsbook.

Main Events for this Season

Starting in the 2021 season, the league expanded the schedule to 17 regular-season games, one more than the 16 games used from 1978-2020. The regular season is expected to start on September 8, the playoffs on January 14, and the Super Bowl LVII on February 12. All of these dates are tentative.

A few highlights this season include the NFL International Series, consisting of three games played in London “hosted” by the Green Bay Packers, the New Orleans Saints and the Jacksonville Jaguars; one in Germany hosted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and one in Mexico City, a “home” game for the Arizona Cardinals.

In 2022, the league also adopted a change of the playoff overtime rules, as both teams are now assured of at least one possession. Previously, a team could win by scoring a touchdown on their first possession, as witnessed in 2022’s AFC divisional-round game between Kansas City and Buffalo.

Be sure to check on what other changes are happening in this 2022 NFL season prior to betting on the NFL point spreads and odds. That might include scouting the schedule format and knowing which divisions play which even before the release of the full schedule.

3 Tips Before Betting NFL

We can give you an endless list of tips for NFL betting, but keep these three in mind above all else:

  1. Look at the odds and the numbers before the teams. For starters, this includes checking out the moneyline, the point spreads and the totals. 
  2. Check the weather — most NFL teams play outdoors and many late-season NFL games will be affected by weather conditions. 
  3. Do not be swayed by your local teams: this is called “homerism.” As much as possible, avoid wagering on teams for which you have personal feelings.

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