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Football Betting 101

  • Points Spread
  • Favorites & Underdogs
  • Over/Under (O/U)
  • Moneyline
  • Opener
  • Consensus
  • Parlays

In every NFL game, there is always a statistical inbalance between the two teams facing off.  The Points Spread helps sportsbooks manage the inbalance and encourage bets on both sides of the matchup. The favorite, will be indicated by a minus (-) symbol. The Underdog, will be indicated by the plus (+) sign. The number that follows either symbol indicates the number of points taken away (-), or added (+), to a teams final score to equal a win in the eyes of the sportsbook.

Favorite equals the team statistically most likely to win. The Underdog is the team statistically less likely to win.

The refers to the total amount of points expected to be scored in total between both teams in an NFL game. You can either bet that the two teams combined score will go "over" or "under" the point total listed by a sportsbook.


A moneyline bet is the simplest way for new bettors to bet on an NFL team of their choosing.  The bet is simple as picking the team you believe will win the game.  The amount that bet will pay is indicated by a plus (+) or minus (-) symbol with a number following after. For example, If the Philadelphia Eagles are -240, against the Cincinnati Bengals at +190. You would have to wager $240 to win $100 in the event if the Eagles win.  For every $100 you wager on the Underdog Bengals, you will win $190 if the Bengals win the game.

The Opener, for NFL games listed on our live odds comparison tool, indicated the initial line established when the betting markets first opened for that particular Pro football matchup

The Consensus, indicated on our NFL Live odds comparison tool, reflects the average of all of the odds currently being offered by all of our listed sportsbooks for that particular NFL matchup. Sportsbooks offering better odds than the consensus would be a good sportsbook to place a bet.

NFL Parlays allow you to combine multiple wagers into one single betslip. A parlay bet typically has a much higher payout with less money at stake. In order for a Parlay to payout every side in the parlay betslip must win for the bet to cash or payout.


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