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Before you can bet on NFL football, you must understand the different types of lines. The spread tells us who is favored, who is an underdog and more. When you are betting on NFL football you utilize a point spread, but there is normally a money line as well. A point spread is the number of points a team is favored by or over. The point spread can also be used for game point totals. Following are a couple examples of the point spread and the money line.

For example, if the line was the Giants -8 against the Steelers, the spread is 8. In this example, the Giants are favored by 8 and the Steelers are an underdog by 8. If you bet the Giants, you are laying 8 points, which means the Giants must win by 8 or more otherwise you lose your bet. If you took the Steelers, you are getting 8 points. You would win or push your bet as long as the Steelers won or did not lose by more than 8 points.

The money line allows you to bet on the winner straight up without any points. In our example above, the Giants would be about a $4.00 favorite. If you knew the Giants were going to win, but unsure by how much, you could bet them on the money line. By doing so, in this example, you would need to bet $4.00 for every $1.00 you wanted to win—so a $20 wager returns a $5 profit. You win your wager if the Giants win by any amount.

In NFL wagering, you can also bet on the total number of points scored by each team as well. This is known as the totals line. For example, the total in our example game might be 38. If you bet the over, you need both teams to score 38 or more points combined. If you take the under, you need both teams to combine for 38 or fewer points.

This concludes our tutorial on how to bet on NFL football. If you are ready to start betting, check out Sports Interaction for NFL betting options. Also check out who the expert NFL handicappers are releasing for their free picks on the home page.


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