Ask the Oddsmaker: What's One Key Mistake Newer NFL Bettors Make Most?

Sean McVay's Los Angeles Rams are heavily favored vs. the Chicago Bears in the Week 1 Sunday Night matchup.
Sean McVay's Los Angeles Rams are heavily favored vs. the Chicago Bears in the Week 1 Sunday Night matchup. / Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

If you're new to the betting world, it can be both exhilarating, and also a bit overwhelming when it comes to getting ready to place wagers for an NFL Sunday.

There's a lot to consider besides which team will simply win or lose. On sportsbooks such as WynnBET, there's spreads, totals, and now more than ever, almost hundreds of player and team proposition bets for each individual matchup.

The good news is, it doesn't have to be difficult! Here at BetSided, we reached out to WynnBET Senior Lead Trader Alan Berg to help answer some of the most pressing questions bettors have when it comes to betting on the NFL.

Here is the single biggest mistake, according to their head oddsmaker.

New NFL bettors bet teams, rather than numbers

“Not valuing numbers enough over teams," Berg says is the most common mistake he tends to notice.

"It’s more important that you are making the right bets at the right time. If an NFL game opens at -4 and you place a bet at -6, most of the time that’s a mistake and will catch up with you over time. Week 1 is one of the hardest weeks of the year to bet because we don’t truly have data on the NFL teams. Numbers get more difficult to beat as the NFL season progresses.”

Many bettors will associate a line move as an indication that it's the "sharp" or correct move. But may times, either the sportsbook will move a line to try and even out what they collect on the odds to be as close to 50/50 as possible. Or, it will be a result of professional bettors trying to move the line in the opposite direction to "middle the bet," where they can take advantage of multiple moving betting lines and cash in on both.

We post WynnBET's opening lines for each week the moment they come out, so you can track whether the numbers you like have changed drastically over the course of the week.

At the end of the day, betting on the NFL should be about enhancing your experience as a viewer. The same way you get a extra boost when you find out your starting running back on your fantasy team scored a touchdown to give your team the lead can be how you feel when your over bet cashes before the 4th quarter even begins!

Which odds are you targeting for Week 1 in the NFL?

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