NFL Season Explained and Title Favorites

The NFL season might seem like something everyone is familiar with within the U.S. However, a lot of foreigners are still unaware of this league or how it works. If you belong to the latter category, you might ask yourself — why would someone want to know about this league in the first place?

One of the primary reasons is NFL betting. A lot of professional bettors reside outside the U.S. and often leverage NFL lines and betting tips and wish to explore the sport a bit more. For this reason, it is imperative that they understand the league inside out.

For instance, many sportsbooks predict that the Kansas City Chiefs are most likely to win the Super Bowl this season, with their odds starting at +110. Bettors who aren't familiar with the concept of Super Bowl, regular-season games, and playoffs should hence consider learning about the game further. If you are new to the NFL world, ensure you read this article to find out how this league works.

Regular Season

The NFL comprises two conferences — the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference. Each conference is divided into four divisions and consists of 16 teams. The divisions are simply named the East, West, North, and South division.

When it comes to games, each team plays two games against the rest three teams in their divisions and their conference. The remaining games are played against six teams in the same conference as the team and four teams in the other conference, however, in the matching division.

For instance, let's look at the Chiefs. They will play six games against the Chargers, Broncos, and Raiders — all teams that belong to AFC West. In the next level, they will play against six additional teams that are outside of the AFC West yet are part of the AFC. Lastly, they will compete against all the four teams of the NFC West — the Seahawks, Cardinals, 49ers, and Rams.

Playoffs

After the initial regular-season games, a total of 12 teams will proceed to the playoffs. These are essentially eight teams that topped their division and four teams that entered through wild cards. Wild cards are awarded to two teams from both conferences with the best score, but didn't manage to top their division.

To put it short, based on their performance in the regular season, six teams are chosen and seeded from one to six for each conference. The top two seeds will have the first-round bye, and the wild card teams will compete against the third and fourth seeds.

The winners of this phase will proceed to the second round of playoffs, where they will face the first and second seed. This round is simply called the Conference Championship, and this is where the remaining four teams will compete for the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl

Ultimately, the best team from the AFC and the best team from the NFC meet in the grand finale, commonly known as the Super Bowl. Super Bowl is the single most important sports event in the US, with millions of Americans cheering and rooting for their favorite team.

Which Team is Most Likely to Win the NFL?

The scheduling gods did definitely smile on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With just one trip west (at Rams in Week 3) and a centrally located Week 9 bye, these champs have the highest projected win total for any team (12.2), not just in the NFC, but the whole NFL. It should be noted that Tampa's defense is top-notch.

Similarly, Kansas City Chiefs also feature a good row of defense and players, making them another possible candidate for the Super Bowl title this year. They have currently bagged the highest win in the AFC (11.9) and the second-highest in the NFL.

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