NFL Odds

As the most popular professional sport in the United States, betting on NFL games is a favorite activity of many sports fans. However, for those who like to add more excitement to their Sunday afternoons, there are many different ways to bet, especially using the NFL schedule point spread.

NFL Betting Odds & Lines

Understanding NFL Point Spreads

How Do NFL Odds Work?

When looking at NFL schedule point spread odds on any online sportsbook, they are represented as a number that is either positive (+) or negative (-). The minus sign in front of the odds means that the team is the favorite to win the game, while a plus sign represents the team that is the underdog or the team that has a lesser chance of winning.

The odds also indicate how a winning wager will be paid out. A minus before the odds show how much needs to be wagered to win $100, while a plus sign indicates a bet on the underdog with the number indicating the amount won for every $100 wagered.

Types of Betting

Betting Examples

When looking at the most popular bet -the spread- the team with the negative number is the favorite. For example, if Pittsburgh is -6 against the Cowboys, who are +6, a bet on Pittsburgh means they must win the game by seven points or more to win the wager. A bet on the Cowboys means they would have to either win the game outright or lose by less than six points to win.

As an example, when betting on the total, or over/under, let’s say the Steelers and Cowboys’ total is 44. To win taking the over, the total points scored by both teams must be at least 45 points. For the under bet, the total points score must be less than 45 to be a winner.

Check out the latest NFL news and betting analysis here at Point Spreads. 


Does an NFL Spread Bet Include Overtime?

Yes. In all popular NFL bets, overtime is included in the outcome.

Can I Bet on NFL Games Legally Online?

Betting on NFL games is legal, depending on where you live. Check the laws in your state to see if NFL wagering is available.

Can You Parlay a Moneyline and a Spread?

Various bets can be included in a parlay, but you can’t bet the spread and the moneyline from the same game.

What’s the Best Way to Bet on the NFL?

There are various ways to bet on NFL games, with the most popular wager being the spread bet.

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