Tennessee is football country, and whether you’re betting on the home favorite Tennessee Titans or any other team in the NFL, Tennesseans have a growing list of options when it comes to NFL betting.
Even though the NFL season runs through the fall and winter, betting on the NFL is popular all year thanks to the many futures bets available for teams and players. From the preseason to the Super Bowl, NFL fans can also bet on point spreads, moneylines, totals, parlays, props and more.
Everyone has a feeling about which team will win the next Super Bowl; you can back up your opinion and set up some future bragging rights any time you like with a Super Bowl futures bet. Here’s how to bet on the NFL in TN, including the best apps, best bonuses and some betting tips for NFL beginners.
Check the feed below for live odds on all NFL games at TN online sportsbooks. Click on any game to go directly to the sportsbook. There you can create a new account, claim your free bets or bonuses and make your bets. Use the drop-down menu to change from point spreads to moneyline odds or totals odds.
Since Tennessee only allows online sports betting (not in retail sportsbooks), you’ll want to become familiar with Tennessee sports betting apps to make your NFL bets. Sportsbook apps allow bettors to make bets all over the state using geolocation technology to ensure bets take place only within Tennessee’s borders.
Tennessee sports betting apps are free to download and use. For iPhone/iPad (iOS) users and Android users, once you click through any link on this page to claim your free bets, you can download the app directly from the sportsbook website.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can deposit funds in any number of ways (credit card, e-wallet, etc.) and start betting. Each online sportsbook requires some personal information to ensure you’re over 21 as required by Tennessee regulations. You’ll also need to download a geolocation app.
Most NFL bettors use more than one online sportsbook, which means downloading multiple apps. Doing so gives you more betting options and allows you to “shop” for better lines, but also lets you access multiple online sportsbook bonuses and promotions. Here are the top 3 NFL betting apps in Tennessee:
A major player in daily fantasy sports, DraftKings has also become one of the leading online sportsbooks as well. For new sign-ups, DraftKings offers $25 in free bets and up to $1,000 in bonuses. NFL lines and props are plentiful with futures markets, including:
FanDuel also has entered the sports betting market in a major way following years of DFS experience. The online sportsbook also offers those who sign up for an account an up to $1,000 risk-free bet.
The FanDuel app more or less matches the DraftKings app step-for-step when it comes to NFL betting with multiple futures markets and lots of advantageous moneylines and point spreads.
Originally operating as PlayMGM, the BetMGM online sportsbook has likewise proven popular. Those signing up for accounts get an up to $500 deposit bonus. NFL markets abound here as well with the BetMGM app interface making it particularly easy.
Yes, it is absolutely legal to bet on NFL games in Tennessee — although, like other forms of sports betting in the state, you can only bet on the NFL online via an approved and regulated online sportsbook or betting app.
Tennessee regulations allow for the full range of typical NFL bets you’d find in any Vegas sportsbook, including:
and more. Live or “in-game” betting is legal as well, with regulations requiring operators to use official league data in order to settle live bets.
There are some restrictions when it comes to betting college football, such as not being able to bet on individual props or place in-game bets. But when it comes to the NFL, all of the standard forms of football betting are legal and permitted.
Betting on the NFL doesn’t just mean choosing which team you think might win and that’s it. There are a huge variety of ways to bet on NFL games in Tennessee, including:
Proposition bets, aka prop bets, are a favorite among NFL bettors. Team props include bets on which team will score the most in a given quarter or half, which team will record the highest amount of yardage or collect the most turnovers.
Player props focus on individual players’ performances, such as bets on how many rushing yards a running back gains or how many receiving yards a receiver accumulates, how many touchdown passes a quarterback will throw, or how many sacks a defensive player will collect.
In some jurisdictions, prop bets are also offered on events such as the NFL draft, with bettors able to bet on which players they think teams will select.
The Super Bowl, in particular, always features a huge menu of prop bets, including bets on the coin toss, whether either team’s defense will record a safety, which team will have the most penalty yards, which team will call the first timeout, who will win the game’s MVP and so on.
Live betting, also known as in-play or in-game betting, is also especially popular among NFL fans. Indeed, the pace of football, with its frequent breaks between plays, is somewhat ideal for live betting, giving bettors lots of opportunities to place bets during the heat of the action.
Following the kickoff, sportsbooks offer live bets during the games, allowing bettors to place wagers on the outcome of the next play, the next drive, the current quarter or half, or the entire game, among other types of bets. Odds and lines are constantly updated as the game progresses, meaning whatever the price is at the moment the bet is made gets locked in.
As with anything, experience matters when it comes to betting on the NFL, thus there is no quick study available to help you become a winner right away. There are certain best practices, though, such as:
The NFL is the most-watched sport in the United States. There is no shortage of ways for football fans to watch the games.
Tennessee Titans games can be live streamed via the NFL app, which allows fans to watch locally broadcast games as well as prime time games involving the Titans. The app includes Sunday Night Football on NBC and Monday Night Football on ESPN.
Meanwhile, all Thursday Night Football games are available via the NFL app, with most available as well via Fox Sports and Amazon Prime Video.
Those wishing to see every single NFL game can purchase the season-long NFL Sunday Ticket or NFL Game Pass through their satellite or cable provider.
In Tennessee, Titans games are televised on stations throughout the state. CBS owns the rights to AFC regional games on Sundays, and the CBS affiliates in Tennessee include:
For Sunday games in which the Titans face NFC opponents, if those aren’t on CBS they might be on the state’s Fox affiliates:
The Sunday Night Football games are on the state’s NBC affiliates:
Over the Titans’ history, the team has developed intense rivalries with a few other NFL franchises.
Throughout the Titans’ history, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been a primary rival. The rivalry reached a peak of sorts during the 1999 season, the first year the team had adopted the Titans nickname.
That year, the Jaguars won the division by going 14-2 while the Titans were 13-3. However, both of the Jaguars’ losses came to Tennessee, and the Titans beat them a third time in the AFC Championship Game, crushing the Jaguars 33-14 to get to Super Bowl XXXIV.
Another AFC South foe that has proven a great rival to Tennessee is the Houston Texans. In addition to being divisional rivals, there is also some animosity because the Titans franchise originated in Houston. The team preceded the Texans as the Houston Oilers.
Tennessee had the upper hand during the Texans’ early history in the 2000s, although Houston has had the advantage in the series of late. That said, it was Tennessee and not Houston that made it to the AFC Championship game in January 2020, although both clubs lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
The Titans also have a rivalry of sorts with the Buffalo Bills, primarily due to two historic playoff games between the franchises, both involving amazing comebacks.
The first came way back in 1993 when the Titans were still the Houston Oilers. The Oilers led 35-3 before the Bills came back to win 41-38 in overtime.
The second was the famous Music City Miracle game between the Titans and Bills in 2000. After Buffalo scored to go ahead 16-15 with just 16 seconds left, Tennessee pulled off a wild kickoff return involving a controversial across-the-field lateral pass for a game-winning touchdown. Bills fans still argue the pass was illegal.
The Titans also have healthy rivalries with AFC South divisional foe the Indianapolis Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers and geographical neighbor Carolina Panthers.
While the Houston Oilers franchise had plenty of highlights featuring Hall of Famers George Blanda, Earl Campbell and Warren Moon, the Tennessee Titans have had many special moments as well since their first game in 1997.
For many years, the NFL has featured a four-game preseason and a 16-game regular season schedule. Soon, however, the NFL will expand the regular season to 17 games and reduce the preseason to three games.
In preseason games, teams typically rest their starters and test out backup players as they decide who will make the regular-season roster. Injuries are a big part of the NFL, and teams don’t want to put their best players at risk during the preseason.
For the same reason, betting on preseason games generally involves a lot more uncertainty and variance. Serious sports bettors usually avoid it — or only make bets for entertainment purposes, since it’s difficult to know how seriously the teams and coaches will take the games.
The regular season is a different story. Currently teams play those 16 games over the course of 17 weeks, getting one bye week off. When betting, it is worth paying attention to which teams are coming off a bye and greater rest, thereby giving them a possible edge against their next opponent.
Currently 12 teams make the NFL playoffs, six from the American Football Conference (AFC) and six from the National Football Conference (NFC). The four division winners from each conference make the playoffs. Additionally, two other teams with the best records get in as wild cards.
The top two seeded teams in each conference get a bye. The teams seeded No. 3 through No. 6 play first-round games. From there, the final eight teams play what is called the divisional round, where eight play down to four. Then there are the conference championships, where four play down to two. The higher-seeded team gets home-field advantage through these rounds. Then comes the Super Bowl, where the AFC and NFC champions meet on a neutral field.
Betting on the playoffs often means taking into account teams’ recent playoff history and experience, as well as the significance of home-field advantage.
An NFL futures bet is a bet on an outcome that will only be resolved at a later date, such as which team will win the conference or the Super Bowl, which player will win MVP, or which player will win the rushing title. Oddsmakers adjust futures markets as the season goes along in response to how teams and players perform.
The point spread indicates which team is the favorite and which is the underdog, a way of handicapping the game so as to make both sides of the bet more even. When you make a point spread bet on an NFL game, you either give points (if betting the favorite) or take points (if betting the underdog).
If you bet on the Titans (+4.5) and they lose the game 23-20, you win your bet because they lost by less than the amount of the point spread (they lost by less than 4.5 points).
A teaser bet is similar to a parlay in that it involves two or more bets combined as a single bet. With teasers, these bets are all point spread bets, and you are allowed to tease the spreads by adding points. For instance, you might bet Tennessee (-4) and Carolina (+4), but you tease the Carolina spread up to +10. If both Tennessee and Carolina cover their respective spreads, you win your teaser bet. When you tease the spread, the payout of the bet is typically reduced to account for your having bought the extra points.
According to regulations established by the Tennessee Lottery, all NFL live betting or in-game wagers must be settled using official league data.
When a preseason or regular-season NFL game ends in a tie, a moneyline bet ends in a push, which means the bettor gets his or her money back. The same is true for a point spread bet or an over/under bet in which the result lands exactly on the spread or total. For example, if you bet the over on a game in which the total is 43, and the final score is 23-20 (exactly 43), the result of the bet is a push.