The National Football League or NFL is the very highest level of professional American Football in the United States, and therefore arguably the World. The NFL was formed in Canton, Ohio on August 20th 1920 by eleven professional American Football teams, as the American Professional Football Association, however the name was quickly changed to the National Football League as soon as 1992.
Today, the NFL consists of 32 professional American Football teams from all across the United States. The NFL currently divides its teams evenly into two conferences, namely the American Football Conference or the AFC and the National Football Conference or the NFC. Each conference consists of four divisions that have four teams each.
The 2014 NFL regular season begins on Thursday 4th of September when Superbowl champions Seattle Sehawks host Green Bay Packers, keeping with the tradition of starting the season on the first Thursday after Labor Day each year. The 2014 NFL Season runs for a 17-week Schedule during which each team plays sixteen games and has a one week bye. The NFL regular season ends around late December or early January and is followed by the post-regular season NFL Playoffs.
In the break between the regular season and the Playoffs, the annual NFL all-star game known as the Pro-Bowl will take place at the same site as the upcoming Superbowl. Hall of Fame Wide Receivers Cris Carter, and Michael Irvin have been selected as the alumni captains of the game and will be assisted by the NFL Fantasy Football champion in drafting their 44 player squads. The 2015 Pro-Bowl is scheduled to take place on January 25th and will be shortly followed by the NFL Playoffs.
The NFL Playoffs is a 12-team single elimination tournament that, as previously mentioned, culminates with the Super Bowl, one of the most viewed annual Sporting events. The current Super Bowl and NFL Champions are the Seattle Seahawks who won their first title by beating Denver Broncos 43-8 at Superbowl XLVIII.
The four division champions from each conference qualify for the NFL playoffs and are joined by two wild card qualifiers chosen as the non-division champions with the best won-lost-tied record. The qualified teams are then seeded #1 through #4 based on won-lost-tied for Division Champions, and #5 and #6 for the two Wild Card entrants.
In each conference, the #3 and #6 seeded teams, and the #4 and #5 teams face off against each other in the first round of the NFL playoffs, which has been dubbed the Wild Card Playoffs. The #1 and #2 seeds based on Win-Loss-Tied record from the regular season receive byes in the first round of the NFL Playoffs.
In round 2 of the NFL Playoffs, the #1 Seeded team in each conference always plays the lowest remaining seed in their conference, and the #2 Seed will face the one remaining team. The winners from these two matches then face off in the Conference finals to determine the Champions of the AFC and NFC Conferences.
In early February the two Conference Champions then face off in the NFL Championship Game, the Super Bowl.
Since 2002, the NFL has also featured a Pre-Season exhibition style format, running from early August to early September in the lead up to the NFL's regular season.
The 2015 Super Bowl or Super Bowl XLIX, the coming season's Championship Game, is set to take place on February 1st 2015 at University of Pheonix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
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HOW TO USE FREE NFL BETS
It's in the bookmaker's interest to make is easy to place a bet and using your free bet is simple too. Methods of choosing how to use your free bet can vary slightly between bookmakers, if it is the only funding in your account then it will be automatically applied to your bet slip. If not, look for the option to apply your free bet before confirming the bet.
It's been mentioned that there will be restrictions on placing free bets, these are intended to stop people from converting the free bets into instant cash as the bookmakers intention is to let you play for free. Most of these restrictions don't really stop this happening. People with another bookmaker account or better still an account with a betting exchange are able to lock-in a profit from free bets without any risk. You can calculate how much profit can be locked into your free bets with our Back/Lay Hedging Calculator.
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Six things you need to know before using your free NFL bets
1. Free bet stakes are not included in returns, you will receive the winnings from the free bet stake
2. Minimum Odds; expect bookmakers to require the free bet to be placed on selections with a minimum price, this can vary between 1/5 (1.20) and 6/4 (2.50)
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NFL FREE BETTING TIPS
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