When it comes to betting, the king of all sports in North America is undoubtedly the NFL as billions of dollars are wagered on the league each year. The 2021-22 season will be no exception when it kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 9th.  

There are numerous options when it comes to wagering on the NFL as you can simply back a team each week to win a specific game or lay down some cash on any of the hundreds of future bets available each season. 

These range from predicting who will capture the Super Bowl to how many regular-season games each team will win. You can also wager on who will win a conference or division as well as which squad will boast the best or worst record at the end of the campaign. Trying to guess who will be named the league’s MVP or win one of the NFL’s other major individual awards are also popular with bettors and prop betting is available on who will lead the league in categories such as rushing, receiving yards and passing etc. 

Before you lay down your hard-earned cash though, you may want to update yourself on the upcoming NFL season and check out what has transpired since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl last February.

The regular season gets underway on Sept. 9th 2021 with Tampa Bay hosting the Dallas Cowboys and runs until Jan. 9th, 2022. The playoffs begin on Jan. 15th, 2022 with Super Bowl LVI being scheduled for Feb. 13th at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The annual Pro Bowl will take place a week earlier on Feb. 6th at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.

Two NFL games have been scheduled for London, England at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the New York Jets will face the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 10th and the Miami Dolphins will meet the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 17th

There will be three games on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25th as the Chicago Bears will battle the Detroit Lions in Motor City, the Las Vegas Rams will visit the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints. In addition, two games are set for Christmas Day on Saturday, Dec. 25th with the Cleveland Browns visiting the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts visiting the Arizona Cardinals. 

For those of you who enjoy wagering on the NFL but don’t follow the league too closely during the offseason there was plenty of off-field action over the past few months. For instance, 2021-22 will be the 102nd season for the league and the campaign has been expanded from 16 games per team to 17 games and will take place over an 18-week schedule. This means each of the 32 clubs will still receive a bye week. 

Free agency began in March with several notable players changing teams such as quarterbacks Andy Dalton leaving the Dallas Cowboys for the Chicago Bears and Ryan Fitzpatrick heading to the Washington Football Team from the Miami Dolphins. Running backs who were on the move included Rex Burkhead arriving at the Houston Texans from the New England Patriots; Tevin Coleman leaving the San Francisco 49ers for the New York Jets and James Conner saying goodbye to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Arizona Cardinals.

Dozens of players changed addresses during free agency while others found themselves changing clubs via the trade route. There were a few big deals in the offseason such as the Detroit Lions sending Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams for fellow quarterback Jared Goff and draft picks. The Philadelphia Eagles swapped quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for draft picks and the New York Jets dealt quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for draft picks. 

The Panthers then traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver broncos for a draft pick. Julio Jones was traded by the Atlanta Falcons to the Tennessee Titans for draft selections while fellow wide receiver Randall Cobb was sent from the Houston Texans to the Green Bay Packers for a draft choice.

Of course, not all of the league’s stars will be back in 2021-22 as some of them announced their retirement. The most notable of these was quarterback Drew Brees who played for the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers during his 20-year pro career. Other notable players who decided to pack it in included; Jurrell Casey, Thomas Davis, Julian Edelman, Tamba Hali, Mike Iupati, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Pouncey, Philip Rivers, Demaryius Thomas, Adam Vinatieri and Jason Witten.

The NFL Draft took place in Cleveland at the end of April with the Jacksonville Jaguars selecting quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick from Clemson University. In addition, the league has introduced a set of Covid-19 protocols for each team to follow. If a club has to postpone a game due to unvaccinated players contracting the virus and the contest can’t be made up during the 18-week regular season, the team will lose the game by forfeit.

As of September, 2nd, 2021, the bet365 odds for winning the Super Bowl were:

Kansas City Chiefs +450

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +650

Buffalo Bills +1100

Baltimore Ravens +1200

San Francisco 49ers +1200

Los Angeles Rams +1200

Green Bay Packers +1200

Cleveland Browns +1400

Seattle Seahawks +2500

Tenessee Titans +2500

Denver Broncos +2800

Dallas Cowboys +2800

Miami Dolphins +3000

New Orleans Saints +3000

Indianapolis Colts +3000

New England Patriots +3000

Los Angeles Chargers +3000

Pittsburgh Steelers +3500

Arizona Cardinals +4000

Minnesota Vikings +4500

Washington Football Team +4500

Chicago Bears +5000

Atlanta Falcons +6000

Carolina Panthers +6000

Las Vegas Raiders +6000

Philadelphia Eagles +6600

New York Giants +6600

Jacksonville Jaguars +12500

New York Jets +15000

Cincinnati Bengals +17500

Houston Texans +17500

Detroit Lions +17500