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 on NFL.
Understanding NFL Point Spreads
How Do NFL Odds Work?
When looking at NFL 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 minus 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
- Moneyline – A moneyline wager is a bet on the team that will win the game outright, without any lines involved. The odds are shown as a three-digit number with a plus or minus before them to indicate the favorite and underdog for the matchup.
- Point Spread – A bet on the spread is the most popular wager in NFL football. It encourages action on both teams, no matter how much better one is than the other. The team next to the negative number is the favorite, with the number indicating how many points they are favored to win by.
- Total – Betting on the total, or over/under, is a wager on how many total points will be scored between both teams in the game. Players can bet whether the total will go over or under the number indicated.
- Parlay – A parlay is a wager that includes more than one bet. It can consist of a combination of a moneyline, spread, or total wager from one or more games.
- Teasers – A teaser is a parlay where all bets are against the spread or the total. The bettor will be given more favorable spreads, with the potential payout being much less than a regular parlay.
- Futures – These are wagers that can be made before the start of the season and predict the outcome in categories such as who will win the Super Bowl or which player will win specific individual awards at the season’s end. The odds on futures bets will change as the season progresses.
|Rot||Odds to win NFC Conference||Moneyline|
|121||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+350|
|122||Los Angeles Rams||+500|
|123||Green Bay Packers||+550|
|124||San Francisco 49ers||+800|
|128||New Orleans Saints||+2000|
|133||New York Giants||+6600|
|Rot||Odds to win AFC Conference||Moneyline|
|222||Kansas City Chiefs||+450|
|223||Los Angeles Chargers||+700|
|231||Las Vegas Raiders||+1400|
|232||New England Patriots||+2000|
|235||New York Jets||+7500|
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.
When betting on the total, or over/under, 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.
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