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NFL Point Spreads updated successfully as of Sun 5/31, 4:30 AM
NFL Point Spreads updated successfully as of Sun 5/31, 4:30 AM

NFL Betting Lines Explained

Professional football is probably the most difficult sport to bet and be profitable. BetQL is here not only to help you be profitable, but to help you understand all of the different bet types. Below we will go in depth on how NFL lines, spreads, over unders and moneylines work

NFL Point Spreads Explained

Betting against the spread, or ATS for short, is the most popular way to bet on NFL games and is not too difficult to understand. The team that is favored will be listed with a negative number (ie. -5) and that is the number they need to win the game by. In this example the favorite must win by 6 or more points to “cover” the spread and win the bet. If they win by exactly 5-points the bet is considered a “push” or “no-bet”. The inverse of this NFL betting line is called the underdog and next to their team will be a positive number (ie. +5) and this number is the maximum their team can lose by. In this example the underdog can lose by 5 points or less to be considered a win. If the team loses by exactly 5 then the bet is considered a “push” or “no-bet”. When betting football against the spread, many sport books will allow you to “buy points”, which will change what the line is at adjusted odds. If betting a full game against the spread seems like a bit too much at once bettors have the ability to bet on only the 1st half spread or the halftime spread

NFL ATS Example:

The New York Giants are playing the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia and the NFL point spread is set at +/- 7.5 with the Eagles favored. The point spread being Giants (+7.5) means they can lose the game by up to 7 points and still cover. The Eagles spread (-7.5) means that they have to win by at least 8 points to cover. At the start of the game the Eagles take an early lead and at the end of the first quarter the score is Eagles 7 - Giants 0. The Giants are able to bring the game back to a tie, but right before halftime the Eagles connect on a long pass and the score at halftime is Eagles 14 - Giants 7. After the break the Giants come out flat and and the Eagles are able to score again so the score is now Eagles 21 - Giants 7. The Giants finally wake up in the 4th quarter and bring the score back to within striking distance Eagles 21 - Giants 14. After a terrible interception the Giants score again and now the score is all tied up Eagles 21 - Giants 21. With only 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter Eli Manning drives the Giants down the field and scores a touchdown with no time remaining. The Giants with the game, Giants 28 - Eagles 21. Looking back at the spread the Eagles were (-7.5) which would make the score Giants 28 - Eagles 13.5 which means the Giants have covered and all Eagles bettors lose.

NFL Moneylines Explained

A moneyline bet is the most straightforward type of bet and it is by far the easiest to understand. A bet on an NFL moneyline is a bet that a team will win the game, that is it, that's all. Many bettors refer to this as winning a game “outright”. Betting the moneyline is the second most popular bet type behind betting against the spread. Similar to betting against the spread bettors have the ability to bet the 1st half moneyline or the 2nd half moneyline of any NFL game. If you would like to read more in depth moneyline examples and see how NFL moneyline odds impact your potential winnings head over to our page specifically on that topic.

NFL Over Unders Explained

An over under bet or a bet against the totals spread is a bet on the combined total score of an NFL game. NFL over unders are one of the more exciting bet types for novice bettors because it is easy to understand and if you bet the over then it is electric when either team scores. If you want to learn more about NFL totals and you want to learn about profitable over under betting strategies check out our page specifically on that topic.

NFL Betting Lines

Betting on the NFL can feel almost as difficult as playing in the NFL. It is difficult to find NFL betting lines that are not only advantageous for bettors, but are also up to date. With a BetQL subscription you will always be looking at the most updated NFL spreads, lines, and odds because we work closely with the sports books to ensure that any updates on their end are reflected on BetQL. With BetQL you won't ever have issues finding value bets because we always highlight the bets that provide you with the best value no matter the bet type. We also allow users to create & save dashboards that focus specifically on finding value in NFL betting lines. If you are still having issues finding a winner for this week check out our expert NFL picks or our NFL public betting data to see if you want to tail the experts or fade the public. Sign up for BetQL and make this tool an important part of your sports betting process.