Colorado is now a sports betting state. As of May 1, 2020, NFL betting is live at licensed mobile sports betting apps.
From moneylines to point spreads, over/unders, futures, parlays, and props, Colorado sportsbooks allow all kinds of NFL betting. It’ll starts in the offseason and runs all the way through the Super Bowl as Colorado retail sportsbooks and Colorado sports betting apps will have the NFL covered all year round.
More money is bet on the NFL at legal sportsbooks across the US than any other sport, and that should remain true in Colorado as well. Home to the three-time Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, the NFL is as popular in Colorado as any other state.
From the best Colorado sports betting apps, to the best NFL bets you can make and the best of the NFL’s rich Colorado history, here’s a closer look at how to bet on the NFL online in Colorado.
Here’s a look at the best Colorado NFL betting apps you can use with a mobile device or computer anywhere you are inside state lines with internet or mobile access:
There’s really no match for the convenience of betting on football with a betting app because you can do it from anywhere in state lines on your phone or computer.
Placing NFL bets online is an easy three-step process:
The process may vary across mobile sports betting apps, but the basics are the same:
If you want to make an NFL bet online in Colorado, you have to sign up for an account with an online sportsbook first. Fortunately, online sportsbooks make this easy.
Just find the “Sign Up,” “Join,” or “Register” tab on the homepage. Then, fill out the required personal and account information fields, usually consisting of your:
There’s almost always a space for you to enter a promo code, which you can find right here. These promo codes ensure you get the best new player bonus available.
Finally, check a few boxes to accept various terms and conditions and submit the information with one final click.
The operator will take a bit of time to verify your age using your SSN info and they will also need to verify your location with geolocation technology, but you should be ready to take the next step toward placing bets on the NFL in Colorado in just minutes.
If you want to make an NFL bet online in Colorado, you are going to have to get some money into your account to wager with first. Fortunately, mobile sportsbooks make it easy to deposit money into your account. In fact, most offer you a wide variety of different deposit methods.
Taking this next step toward betting on the NFL in Colorado requires you to first log in to your account using the credentials you provided at sign-up.
Then, find the “Deposit” or “Cashier” tab on the operator’s homepage. It may be in the “My Account” menu.
Next, choose the most convenient method of deposit available. This will include everything from cash at various retail locations, to credit and debit cards, and online payment processors.
Enter the amount you want to deposit, then follow the prompts for your chosen method of deposit. Finally, confirm the transaction, and the funds should be almost immediately available.
Once you’ve registered for an account and deposited funds inside it, you’ll need to create your bet slip.
This is a simple, six-step process:
It is 100% legal to bet on the NFL at licensed Colorado sports betting operators. That means all licensed retail sportsbooks and licensed apps.
The US Supreme Court opened the door for individual states to legalize sports betting in May 2018. In November 2019, Colorado voters passed a ballot measure, making Colorado the 19th state to legalize sports gambling.
The regulations to govern sports betting in Colorado cover all betting markets, including the NFL.
That means you can bet the moneyline, point spreads, and totals on every single NFL game. Plus, you can legally bet on multi-game NFL parlays and combine NFL games with other sports for multi-sport parlays.
Additionally, wagers on a variety of specific player and game props are available. Even in the offseason there are NFL futures that allow you to bet on your favorite team to win the Super Bowl.
There are a few basic ways you can bet on the NFL at Colorado retail sportsbooks and online betting sites. These include:
Live betting, also known as in-play or in-game betting, is the process of betting on an NFL game once it is already underway. The bet types are the same ones you see before kickoff, but the odds and lines are quickly adjusted based on what’s happening on the field.
Live betting is offered everywhere, but as you might figure, it’s a lot easier to pull off via online sports betting apps.
For big events, including the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl, the number of live betting opportunities increases exponentially.
The NFL features a short preseason, followed by a 17-week regular season in which each team plays 16 games, and finally a 12-team, single-elimination playoff tournament, culminating with the Super Bowl to decide the NFL’s annual champion.
The NFL preseason is a part of training camp. Preseason games act as a tune-up for the regular season. Starters rarely play more than a quarter, and winning matters very little. Colorado sportsbooks will offer lines on the games, but it’s just a guessing game. The teams aren’t playing to win, and the best players spend more time on the sidelines, making it hard to set accurate lines.
The NFL preseason begins with the pro football Hall of Fame game in August and generally features five weekends full of games with outcomes that are difficult to predict.
Most NFL teams try to win every regular-season game they can. The exceptions include teams with a playoff spot locked up or teams tanking to move up in next year’s draft.
There are 32 NFL teams divided into two 16-team conferences, the AFC and NFC. Each NFL team plays 16 games during the 17-week regular season. The top six teams in each conference move on to the playoffs. Sportsbooks set various lines on every regular-season game.
The AFC and NFC are each divided into four divisions of four teams each. The teams with the top regular-season records in each division qualify for the playoffs and are seeded one through four in the conference.
The two teams with the next best records in each conference that did not win a division also qualify as wild card teams and are seeded five and six.
Once the NFL playoffs start, it’s win or go home. It is a single-elimination tournament to decide the NFL championship, so teams compete at the highest level.
The playoffs begin with the wild card round. The top two seeds in each conference get a bye. The third seed hosts the sixth seed, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth.
The winners move on to play the top seeds in the Divisional Playoffs. The top seed always faces the team with the worst record.
The winners meet in the AFC and NFC Conference Championship games held the very next weekend.
Playoff game lines are well-researched and accurate most of the time.
Finally, the AFC and NFC champions face off in the Super Bowl to decide who is the NFL champion.
In addition to usually accurate basic lines on the game, Colorado sportsbooks will offer a wider variety of props for the Super Bowl.
While most games are only available through a cable package or NFL League Pass, some NFL games do livestream during the season. For example, Amazon Prime often carries the London games and has a deal to stream Thursday Night Football games through 2022.
Additionally, the Yahoo Sports app has a deal to make some games available for livestreaming.
Those who want online access to the entire NFL must buy an NFL Sunday Ticket or NFL Game Pass package that allows livestreaming and online replays.
The NFL also has broadcast deals with FOX (NFC) and CBS (AFC), allowing you to watch regional games on TV. That means you’ll find most Denver Broncos games on CBS affiliates in Colorado, including:
It also means you’ll find Broncos road games against NFC opponents on Fox affiliates in Colorado, including:
These FOX and CBS affiliates will also show various national games and games with regional interest on Sundays.
The Denver Broncos play in the highly competitive AFC West Division. The team started as a charter member of the AFL back in 1960 and joined the NFL after the 1970 merger.
The team is currently owned by the Pat Bowlen trust. Pat Bowlen and his family bought the team in 1984 and he served as the Broncos CEO until July 2014. Bowlen stepped down due to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2019 and died in June 2019.
The Broncos advanced to the Super Bowl (XII) for the first time in 1977. However, the golden years of the franchise mirrored the career of Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.
Elway arrived in 1983 and took the team to the Super Bowl in 1986, 1987, and 1989. The Broncos lost every one of these games, but Elway led the team back to the Super Bowl in 1997 and 1998, where the Broncos won back-to-back titles (Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII). Elway retired following Super Bowl XXXIII and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2004.
He has since become the team’s general manager and president of football operations and put together the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50-winning team in 2015.
Overall, the Denver Broncos have won eight AFC championships and three Super Bowls. The team shares the NFL record for most Super Bowl losses with the New England Patriots at five.
Thirteen players who spent at least part of their careers with the Denver Broncos are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
The Broncos play home games at Empower Field at Mile High. The stadium was known as Invesco Field at Mile High from 2001–2010, Sports Authority Field at Mile High from 2011–2017, and Broncos Stadium at Mile High from 2018–2019. The team previously played at Mile High Stadium from 1960 to 2000.
Empower Field at Mile High
Address: 1701 Mile High Stadium Circle, Denver, CO 80204-1771, USA
Phone: +1 720-258-3000
The 2019-20 season was the Broncos’ first under new coach Vic Fangio. The team started the season 0–4 and ultimately finished it with a 7–9 record.
They missed the playoffs for the fourth-straight year. The offense struggled with former Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco behind center, whom the team traded for in the offseason.
Flacco sustained a herniated disc in his neck and was placed on injured reserve ahead of the team’s Week 9 game.
Rookie QB Drew Lock started the Broncos’ final five games of the season and finished with a 4-1 record. He threw for 1,020 yards, seven touchdowns, and just three interceptions, giving the team renewed hope for the 2020-21 season.
Most of the Denver Broncos’ chief (pun intended) rivals are in the AFC West division:
John Elway played quarterback for the Broncos for 16 years. He took the team to the Super Bowl in 1986, 1987, and 1989, only to lose each time.
However, Elway redeemed himself, ending his career by winning back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998. Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2004. He won Super Bowl MVP and NFL Most Valuable Player honors in his career and was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection.
At the time he retired, Elway had the most wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history. As if his playing career wasn’t enough, Elway has since become the team’s general manager and president of football operations, winning the Super Bowl again in 2015.
Shannon Sharpe played tight end for the Denver Broncos for 12 years. He ended his career playing two more seasons for the Baltimore Ravens. Sharpe was a part of back-to-back Super Bowl-winning Broncos teams in 1997 and 1998.
He ended his career as the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns by a tight end, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2011.
Sharpe went on to work in TV as an analyst on CBS Sports NFL games. He is now co-host of “Skip and Shannon: Undisputed” on Fox Sports with Skip Bayless.
Terrell Davis only played running back for the Broncos from 1995 to 2001, but he made his mark on the franchise as a member of the back-to-back Super Bowl-winning Broncos teams in 1997 and 1998.
He was the Super Bowl XXXII MVP and was named the 1998 NFL Most Valuable Player after rushing for 2,008 yards that regular season. A sixth-round draft pick, Davis went on to become the team’s all-time leading rusher.
Davis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
Champ Bailey was a first-round draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 1999, but was traded to the Broncos in 2004 and played ten years in Denver.
He was a 12-time Pro Bowler and considered the premier shut-down cornerback in the league throughout his career. He became a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer in 2019.
Steve Atwater played safety for the Broncos from 1989 to 1998. He finished his career playing one year for the New York Jets in 1989.
However, Atwater was part of the back-to-back Super Bowl-winning Broncos teams in 1997 and 1998. In his rookie year, he was also a part of the 1989 team that lost the Super Bowl for the third time in four years.
Atwater was known as one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the NFL. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020.
You can develop your own NFL betting strategy by focusing on information.
Good information is the one thing the best NFL betting strategies all have in common. That means you have to do your homework if you’re going to bet on the NFL in Colorado successfully.
There’s no substitute for good research. That means scouring the internet and reading all you can about the NFL from every source you can. The trick is to make educated and informed picks instead of just throwing darts at a board blindfolded.
You can also gather information by watching NFL games. Nothing will prepare you better for picking winners than watching the games.
Then, it’s a matter of being selective. Just because there are as many as 16 games on the schedule in any given week doesn’t mean you have to bet on every one of them.
Stick to the picks that stick out. The ones that look like locks. Plus, avoid multi-game parlays that offer attractive payouts that rarely pay off.
When you have a pick in mind, it’s always a good idea to go line shopping. That means looking at the line at every licensed Colorado sports betting operation that you can.
Think of the line as the price you’re getting on a bet. Since different Colorado sports betting operators offer different lines on NFL games, you can shop around for the best price.
This is easy to do online with sports betting apps, and it’ll put money in your pocket over the length of the season.
When you’re line shopping throughout the week, you might notice that some lines move. Lines also move for reasons that include:
It takes a lot to move a sportsbook’s needle, but a big bet or increased action on one side or the other will move the line. If a line moves because the majority of the betting public is on that side, that gives you an opportunity to fade the public.
It essentially represents an artificial movement in the line. In other words, there’s no on-the-field reason for the adjustment, so you can take advantage by sticking to what oddsmakers initially thought.
Finally, here are three things you’re going to want to avoid if you want to bet on the NFL successfully in Colorado:
You might want to chase your losses with bigger and more bets when they start to add up. However, betting bigger when you’re on a downswing is just a fast way to go broke. Manage your bankroll properly by betting the same amount for most or all of your bets. Slow and steady wins the race, and you’ll avoid going broke before the winning streak starts.
Diehard Denver Broncos fans should probably avoid betting on the team altogether. Too many fans make the mistake of betting with their hearts instead of their heads. You should use information, statistics, and data to pick winners, not your undying belief in the home team.
Get behind a few favorites sometimes. They are favorites for a reason, after all. Good prices on long shots can be attractive, but you’ll lose a lot more of these bets than you’ll win. A sound betting strategy involves a mix of betting favorites and underdogs.
Thirteen Denver Broncos players have been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame including:
● John Elway
● Floyd Little
● Shannon Sharpe
● Gary Zimmerman
● Willie Brown
● Tony Dorsett
● Jerry Rice
● Andre Reed
● Terrell Davis
● Brian Dawkins
● Ty Law
● Champ Bailey
● Steve Atwater (2020)
Plus, former owner Pat Bowlen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2019 as an administrator.
The Denver Broncos announced in February 2020 that season-ticket prices will not go up in 2020.
The average ticket price in 2019 was $103.06. That ranked 17th in the 32-team NFL. However, Denver Broncos tickets average $354 each on the secondary market. That ranked 6th in the NFL.
The Broncos enjoyed a 99% renewal rate for season tickets last year and have a wait list of 80,000, which guarantees home games will sell out for the 51st straight year. Single-game tickets go on sale in July, but the secondary market tickets should be available after the 2020/21 schedule is released in April.
NFL futures betting is year-round betting on a team to win a certain number of games, a division title, its conference, or even the the Super Bowl.
NFL futures markets open up right after the Super Bowl. The different odds are adjusted as the season and playoffs continue and a team’s realistic chances of winning either increase, decrease, or disappear altogether.
The teams with the best regular-season records in each conference’s four divisions qualify for the playoffs. These teams are seeded one through four in each conference. Then, the two teams with the best records outside the division champs are added as wild card teams. These teams are seeded five and six in each conference.
The playoffs start with the wild card round and the top two seeds in each conference sitting out. The third-seed hosts the sixth-seed, and the fourth-seed hosts the fifth in the wild card games.
The winners move on to the divisional playoffs to face the resting top seeds the very next weekend. The top-seeded team faces the lowest-seeded team remaining.
Then, the winners move on to the AFC and NFC Conference Championship games held the very next weekend. Finally, two weeks later, the AFC and NFC Conference Champions play for the title in the Super Bowl.
The NFL hosted the 2020 NFL Draft from April 23-25 in an unprecedented online format.