Betting on totals is a common part of the NFL betting experience each and every week. And team totals are a fun twist on totals betting, as bettors can focus on just one team and their offensive performance over the course of a game. In this look at NFL team totals, we will look at what team totals are and what makes them a better wager than full-game totals sometimes.
What are Team Totals
Team totals are an over/under bet that is just for one of the two teams playing in a football game. Teams are assigned their totals based on the projected amount of scoring they are expected to do over the course of a game. As one would expect, teams with more potent offenses tend to see higher team totals than teams that rely on their defense to win NFL games.
For example, a total for both teams combined in an NFL game might be 51.5 points. But the team total will be distributed among the two teams, with one team potentially having a team total of 27 and the other a total of 24.5. Team totals are distributed between the two teams to include the same point difference that is in the point spread for each game.
Benefits to Team Totals
The biggest benefit to NFL team totals is that bettors do not have to worry about the offense of both teams when handicapping this market. Bettors can zero in on one side, which rewards bettors who know a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of particular teams around the league. Those bettors should be able to identify when team totals are too high or too low for the teams they follow closely.
Also beneficial when wagering on team totals is that the point spread is not a factor in this market. A team can fail to cover the spread in a back-and-forth game or cover the spread in a one-sided blowout. But as long as they score enough points to go over their team total or don’t score a lot of points and stay under that total, that is all that matters.
What to Remember When Betting on Team Totals
The most important thing for bettors to remember when wagering on NFL team totals is that tempo is a huge factor in determining their outcome. Even the most potent offenses in the league could decide to slow things down in a given week, which would impact how many points they can score during that game. Identifying the kind of tempo a team is going to run in a game is often a deciding factor when making this kind of bet.
Another important factor to think about when betting team totals is the matchup a team has against a particular team. Even the most potent offense in the league can be slowed down by a team with a good pass rush, for example. Being able to identify mismatches that could either increase a team’s scoring or decrease their scoring is a great way to find value in this market.