All You Need to Know about CFL and NFL Odds

Both Canada and its southern neighbor, the USA share a fondness for the exhilarating yet physically demanding sport known as football. And both the CFL and the NFL provide excellent opportunities for fans who also enjoy sports betting to earn cash while also being entertained at the same time. What's more, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to wager on the NFL even though you happen to be a fan of the CFL - particularly since several reputable, top tier sports betting websites will provide you with the opportunity to wager on games in both leagues.

And in this article, we examine the key aspects of both leagues as well as the odds involved, common types of wagers as well as betting tips which will play a role in enabling you to make the most of your wagering experience.

Key Differences between the CFL and the NFL

In spite of the fact that both leagues revolve around the same game and might appear rather similar to the casual observer, there are actually a number of differences between the CFL and the NFL.

A few of these key differences have been listed below:

  • Number of players: A CFL game typically involves more players than an NFL game with 12 players making an appearance during the former as opposed to 11 per game for the latter.
  • Field size: Here again, it is the CFL which ends up with a larger figure: fields used for games in the Canadian league measure 110 by 65 yards while those used for NFL games measure 100 by 53.3 yards.
  • Number of attempts: Teams in both leagues are permitted a number of attempts or downs to move a ball forward by ten yards. In this instance, the larger figure goes to the NFL which allows for four attempts while three attempts are permitted for CFL teams.

Types of Bets Placed on CFL and NFL Games

There are a number of categories of wagers you are most likely to come across when wagering on CFL and NFL games. The most common of them include:

  • Money lines:Betting on games in this category simply involves selecting which team would emerge the winner. When betting on NFL games you may come across two teams playing against each other presented thus: Philadelphia Eagles: -110; Dallas Cowboys: +120. Here the Philadelphia Eagles are the favorites and the figure shown represents the amount you will need to wager in order to win $100 (which in this case would be $110). The Dallas Cowboys, on the other hand, are considered the weaker team and the number is shown represents the amount you would win if you wagered $100 and the bet was successful (i.e. $120). These odds are also represented in a similar manner for CFL games too, meaning there isn't any difference between them in this regard.
  • Point spreads: Bets in this category tend to be a firm favorite among sports betting fans. In this instance, two CFL teams will be used to illustrate this example: Toronto Argonauts: -4.5; Montreal Alouettes: +4.5. Here, Toronto Argonauts are the favorites and if you bet on them they will have to win by 5 points or more. If you bet on the Alouettes on the other hand, you will be able to win the bet even if they lose by as many as 4 points. This same pattern of betting is also identical to that used when betting on the NFL, hence there is no difference between either league where wagers in this category are involved.
  • Over/under bets: Bets in this category are presented thus: Over: 46.5; Under: 46.5 You will need to wager on whether you feel the number of points scored during a game will be less or more than the figure provided by the operator. In the case of the latter, you would need to select 'Over', while you would need to select 'Under', in the case of the former.

Betting Tips for Wagering on Games in Both Leagues

  • Note which teams have a home game advantage:Teams, in general, tend to perform better when on their home turf. As a result, it can be an indicator of just how well a team may be expected to perform.
  • Observe recent performances: Teams experiencing a winning streak tend to maintain that momentum for a while. Hence the most recent performance of teams being wagered on is also an important factor to consider when placing wagers.