Betting Football: Monitoring Training

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

Anyone who has ever bet on football knows that injuries are extremely common in the NFL and they can severely impact how one should be betting football.

Many fans of betting football only start monitoring the injuries impacting each team once the preseason is underway, but many injuries actually occur in training camps so it is imperative that one is cognizant about these injuries as well.

Betting football on any given season really begins on draft day, because that is the day when arrangements start being made for an upcoming season. Veterans who have bet on football for many years know that fans of betting football who only start following the NFL news in Week 1 often find themselves struggling to catch up when betting football on the first few weeks of the season. For example, it is particularly important to monitor injuries beginning in the training camps. A surprisingly high number of injuries occur during training camps and they can impact betting football throughout the rest of the season. As you are preparing for betting football on an upcoming season, there are two main types of injuries you should be looking for during training camps: season-ending injuries and lingering injuries.

Season-ending injuries that are suffered during training camps are obviously very frustrating to players and their teams. Gamblers who bet on football must determine how significant the loss of an injured player will be by judging how well the team is able to compensate for the loss of the injured player. For example, in a 2008 training camp Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels suffered a season-ending injury but the prospects of betting football on Washington remained virtually unchanged. Such is the case because the Redskins acquired superstar Jason Taylor as a replacement on the same day the injury occurred. In other words, gamblers looking to bet on football on the Redskins did not have to significantly re-evaluate the team’s potential. In other situations, however, such injuries can have major implications on betting football that must be acknowledged. Lingering injuries are the second type of training camp injury that people betting football must be knowledgeable about. Lingering injuries are those that do not end a player’s season but may detrimentally affect his play throughout the year. For example, cornerback Asante Samuel injured his hamstring in the 2008 Eagles training camp, and veterans who have been betting football for many years know that hamstring injuries can hamper a player throughout an entire season.