Don’t Fumble The Small Talk 3 Ways to Keep Up with NFL Conversations

If you don’t follow football, talking to fans isn’t always easy. Knowing these three crucial types of information should help you stay in the conversation.

Learn the Lingo

To an outsider, it’s almost like football fans have their own version of the English language. There is a fair amount of lingo used when talking about football.

Start with this list before you bother learning advanced jargon.

Touchdown: A touchdown occurs when a player crosses the other team’s goal line while holding the ball or when a player catches a thrown ball while standing in the end zone. A touchdown earns six points, the highest in the game.

Field Goal: Field goal attempts are made after a team fails to score a touchdown. A team earns three points for kicking the ball between the goal posts.

Extra Point Conversion: After completing a touchdown, the offensive team can earn an extra point by kicking the ball between the opposing team’s goal posts.

Two Point Conversion: After completing a touchdown, the offensive team can choose to earn an extra two points by crossing the goal line with the ball or catching the ball from within the end zone. The play is made from the defensive team’s two-yard line.

Know the Best and Worst Teams


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Some teams have built excellent rosters that will probably dominate future seasons. While there is always a chance that an underdog could win, that chance is very small.

As the season progresses, team power rankings will change depending on how well they have played. Some of the best teams currently include:

  • New England Patriots
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Arizona Cardinals

Some of the worst NFL teams are:

  • Chicago Bears
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • New Orleans Saints

Understand Betting Odds

If the football fans you know like to place bets, then you may hear a lot of terms that don’t make any sense to you. While understanding odds takes time and experience, you can get a basic grasp of the key terms without much effort.

Odds change all the time. You can keep up with the latest developments by reading frequently.

Point Spread: You won’t necessarily win a bet just because you choose a game’s winning team. At the same time, you can win a bet even though your team loses.

It all has to do with the point spread. Let’s say the Cardinals and the 49ers are playing a game. If the Cardinals are the favorite, then the team might need to win by 7.5 points for you to win your bet. If you place a bet on the underdog, the 49ers in this case, you could win even if the team loses by 7.5 points. The positive and negative points are the point spread.

Over/Under: The over/under (also known as “totals”) asks you to predict the total points scored in a game. Let’s say the bet is whether two teams will score 46 points in the next game. If you think they will score higher, then you bet the over. If you don’t think they will reach that number, then you bet under.

Being a football fan can seem complicated, but it’s also a lot of fun. If you learn these basics, you will probably find yourself getting more interested in the game and talking to other fans.


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