What is an NFL Prop Bet?

Date | AuthorAaron Ryan

Last Updated: 2018-10-10

Most of the time when people are betting on NFL games, it has to do with who they believe will win and points totals for the games. With the popularity of internet betting and fantasy football on the rise, prop betting is becoming more and more popular. These types of bets have nothing to do with the outcome of the game, but how a particular player or team will perform in certain aspects of the game.

There are tons of different types of prop bets that a bettor can get in on over the course of an NFL game.

Here are some examples of prop bets involving Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys that a bettor can bet on:

  • How many touchdowns they believe Dak will throw for against the Texans
  • How many passing yards Dak Prescott will throw for in a particular quarter
  • How many rushing yards Ezekiel Elliott will have in the second half
  • How many sacks will the defense get
  • How many interceptions will Dak Prescott throw for in the game

Prop bets can even include things like:

  • How long the national anthem will run
  • Who will win the coin toss (this will be talked about later)

The important part about taking advantage of prop bets is that the bettor makes sure to do their research and bet on what they know. Our BangTheBook NFL pages can supply a bettor with everything they could want to know such as betting trends, odds scores, and picks. It also depends on a bettor’s knowledge about a particular team.

A bettor should incorporate their knowledge of a given team and their tendencies that they follow throughout the season. Informed bettors will pay attention to injury reports for players and matchups for the week. This ongoing research will add comfort to the prop bet that they choose for their Sunday betting choices.

Bettors also need to keep in mind the point spread information as well. When a team is down in a game they are going to throw the ball a hell of a lot more than when they are up. Teams who gain a substantial lead by the fourth quarter are going to run the ball to limit turnovers and control the clock. This type of information will need to be considered in those games that may be a blowout.

As was mentioned earlier, the coin toss is a great way for a newbie bettor to be introduced to prop bets, but it is not a bet that they are going to run with throughout the season. It is a good introductory bet because there is no research involved and there is a 50% chance that they will win. On the flipside of that coin (pardon the pun), there is also a 50% chance that they will lose and there are going to be prop bets that will give them better chances of winning and lower chances of losing.

Prop bets can be a lot of fun, but they do require a certain amount of research and knowledge about the player, team, and game that they are betting on. A prospective prop bettor should take their time and choose a bet when they are comfortable with their decision.

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