NFL Lines


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NFL Football Lines Explained

The line is the number of points a team is handicapped by to make the game more even for betting. In other words, it is the estimated points difference between the favorite and the underdog in an NFL game

As an example, if a team starts the game at -3.5 points, it must win by 4 or more to win the game. The line as such an important betting market because generally people back themselves to make an accurate prediction of the points difference they expect between teams.

When you wager on this market you typically get odds of 10/11, so you would have to bet $110 to make a profit of $100. In American odds this is presented as -110 (the amount you have to bet to win 100). In some cases a team will be -3 points but -120 at that line, which will always be indicated next to the line (the absence of any odds means the default of -110 applies.)

In terms of reading the lines, most sportsbooks will typically list the home team at the bottom of the two teams playing. The favourite will be indicated with a minus sign (e.g. Cowboys-7). So in this case the Cowboys are giving the underdog a seven point head start. A bet on the Cowboys will win of they end up winning by more than seven points. Betting on the underdog will be a winning bet if they in turn win the game by any margin, or they lose the game by less than 7 points. If the game finishes and exactly matches the line, i.e. a 7 point difference, this results in a "push", or a refund to the player.

Line Moves

The line, or point spread, may move in the lead up to the game. Heavy betting, injuries, weather conditions and other factors may result in the line moving or being adjusted by the sportsbook. Your bet will however stand at the spread you initially backed.

Sportsbooks set the line to encourage action on both teams.

Betting NFL Totals

In addition to the line, NFL Total, or over/under betting is also a popular market. This is simply a bet that the total number of points scored will either be over  or under the given total.

Say the total on the Chargers and the Broncos is 41, the under bet will win if the total is less than 40. An over bet wins if the total is 42 or more.  If the final scores added up total 41 points, is declared a "push" and the money is returned to the player.

Total bets are typically decided by punter based on the average points scored for and against involving the two teams.

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NFL Live Lines
TeamMLPSTot
20:05 Sat 01 Nov
CAL Stampeders-625-10½
-105
50.0o
-111
WIN Bluebombers+450+10½
-116
50.0u
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23:05 Sat 01 Nov
EDM Eskimos-250-5½
-111
48½o
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BC Lions+210+5½
-111
48½u
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17:05 Sun 02 Nov
MON Alouettes-135-1½
-111
50½o
-111
TOR Argonauts+115+1½
-111
50½u
-111
00:00 Sat 01 Nov
Tulane+165+4.0
-111
55½o
-111
Cincinnati-185-4.0
-111
55½u
-111
00:00 Sat 01 Nov
Memphis-3333-24.0
-116
57.0o
-111
Tulsa+1450+24.0
-105
57.0u
-111
15:30 Sat 01 Nov
Army+130+3.0
-116
56½o
-111
Air Force-152-3.0
-105
56½u
-111
16:00 Sat 01 Nov
Connecticut+325+10½
-111
40½o
-111
Central Florida-435-10½
-111
40½u
-111
16:00 Sat 01 Nov
Pittsburgh-161-3.0
-116
48½o
-111
Duke+140+3.0
-105
48½u
-111
16:00 Sat 01 Nov
Temple+245+7½
-111
58½o
-111
East Carolina-313-7½
-111
58½u
-111
16:00 Sat 01 Nov
Penn State-172-3½
-105
48.0o
-111
Maryland+150+3½
-116
48.0u
-111
16:00 Sat 01 Nov
Iowa-185-4.0
-111
43.0o
-111
Northwestern+165+4.0
-111
43.0u
-111
16:00 Sat 01 Nov
Iowa State+500+15½
-111
60½o
-111
Oklahoma-714-15½
-111
60½u
-111
16:00 Sat 01 Nov
Florida Intl+240+7.0
-111
49.0o
-111
Rice-303-7.0
-111
49.0u
-111
16:00 Sat 01 Nov
Texas A&M -34½
-111
62.0o
-111
UL- Monroe +34½
-111
62.0u
-111
16:00 Sat 01 Nov
Rutgers+400+13½
-111
52.0o
-111
Wisconsin-526-13½
-111
52.0u
-111
16:30 Sat 01 Nov
Virginia Tech-172-3½
-105
40½o
-111
Boston College+150+3½
-116
40½u
-111
16:30 Sat 01 Nov
Miami Florida-625-15.0
-111
68.0o
-111
North Carolina+450+15.0
-111
68.0u
-111
17:00 Sat 01 Nov
Eastern Michigan+475+14½
-116
47½o
-111
Central Michigan-667-14½
-105
47½u
-111
17:00 Sat 01 Nov
Colorado+160+4.0
-111
58.0o
-111
Washington-182-4.0
-111
58.0u
-111
18:30 Sat 01 Nov
Miami Ohio+235+7.0
-116
55½o
-111
Western Michigan-294-7.0
-105
55½u
-111
19:00 Sat 01 Nov
Syracuse-172-3½
-105
52.0o
-111
NC State+150+3½
-116
52.0u
-111
19:00 Sat 01 Nov
Louisiana Tech-294-7.0
-116
71.0o
-111
Western Kentucky+235+7.0
-105
71.0u
-111
19:30 Sat 01 Nov
Middle Tennessee St.+135+3.0
+100
64.0o
-111
BYU-156-3.0
-120
64.0u
-111
19:30 Sat 01 Nov
Georgia-400-10½
-111
47½o
-111
Florida+320+10½
-111
47½u
-111
19:30 Sat 01 Nov
Appalachian St-500-13.0
-111
67.0o
-111
Georgia State+375+13.0
-111
67.0u
-111
19:30 Sat 01 Nov
Michigan-263-6½
-116
52½o
-111
Indiana+215+6½
-105
52½u
-111
19:30 Sat 01 Nov
Nebraska-2000-23½
-111
62.0o
-111
Purdue+1125+23½
-111
62.0u
-111
19:30 Sat 01 Nov
West Virginia+150+3½
-111
71.0o
-111
TCU-172-3½
-111
71.0u
-111
19:30 Sat 01 Nov
Georgia Tech-185-4.0
-111
54.0o
-111
Virginia+165+4.0
-111
54.0u
-111
20:00 Sat 01 Nov
South Florida+270+7½
-111
45½o
-111
Houston-345-7½
-111
45½u
-111
20:00 Sat 01 Nov
Baylor -35.0
-111
60.0o
-111
Kansas +35.0
-111
60.0u
-111
20:00 Sat 01 Nov
Missouri-345-8.0
-111
47½o
-111
Kentucky+270+8.0
-111
47½u
-111
20:00 Sat 01 Nov
New Mexico State+235+7.0
-111
62.0o
-111
Texas State-294-7.0
-111
62.0u
-111
20:30 Sat 01 Nov
Washington State+310+9½
-111
66½o
-111
USC-400-9½
-111
66½u
-111
21:00 Sat 01 Nov
Idaho+600+17½
-111
66.0o
-111
Arkansas State-909-17½
-111
66.0u
-111
21:00 Sat 01 Nov
UL Lafayette-286-7.0
-111
56.0o
-111
South Alabama+230+7.0
-111
56.0u
-111
21:30 Sat 01 Nov
UNLV-120-1½
-111
61½o
-111
New Mexico+100+1½
-111
61½u
-111
23:00 Sat 01 Nov
Mississippi-132-1½
-111
49½o
-111
Auburn+110+1½
-111
49½u
-111
23:00 Sat 01 Nov
San Jose State+205+6½
-111
54.0o
-111
Colorado State-250-6½
-111
54.0u
-111
23:00 Sat 01 Nov
Vanderbilt-313-7½
-105
60.0o
-111
Old Dominion+245+7½
-116
60.0u
-111
23:00 Sat 01 Nov
Florida Atlantic-200-4½
-111
58.0o
-111
UAB+170+4½
-111
58.0u
-111
23:15 Sat 01 Nov
Mississippi State-435-10½
-111
60.0o
-111
Arkansas+325+10½
-111
60.0u
-111
23:30 Sat 01 Nov
Oregon-333-8.0
-111
54.0o
-111
Stanford+265+8.0
-111
54.0u
-111
23:30 Sat 01 Nov
South Carolina-238-6½
-111
56.0o
-111
Tennessee+195+6½
-111
56.0u
-111
23:30 Sat 01 Nov
Texas Tech+175+5.0
-111
57.0o
-111
Texas-213-5.0
-111
57.0u
-111
00:00 Sun 02 Nov
Ohio State -28½
-111
65½o
-111
Illinois +28½
-111
65½u
-111
00:00 Sun 02 Nov
Navy+450+15.0
-111
54½o
-111
Notre Dame-625-15.0
-111
54½u
-111
00:00 Sun 02 Nov
Kansas State-500-12½
-111
51.0o
-111
Oklahoma State+375+12½
-111
51.0u
-111
00:00 Sun 02 Nov
UTEP-286-7.0
-111
57.0o
-111
Southern Mississippi+230+7.0
-111
57.0u
-111
02:30 Sun 02 Nov
UCLA-278-6½
-111
70½o
-111
Arizona+225+6½
-111
70½u
-111
02:30 Sun 02 Nov
Oregon State-192-4½
-111
67½o
-111
California+167+4½
-111
67½u
-111
02:30 Sun 02 Nov
Nevada-156-3.0
-116
48.0o
-111
San Diego State+135+3.0
-105
48.0u
-111
02:45 Sun 02 Nov
Fresno State-667-15.0
-111
57½o
-111
Wyoming+475+15.0
-111
57½u
-111
03:00 Sun 02 Nov
Arizona State-250-6½
-111
58.0o
-111
Utah+210+6½
-111
58.0u
-111
03:00 Sun 02 Nov
Hawaii+125+3.0
-116
41½o
-111
Utah State-147-3.0
-105
41½u
-111
18:00 Sun 02 Nov
DAL Cowboys-167-3.0
-116
44½o
-111
ARZ Cardinals+145+3.0
-105
44½u
-111
18:00 Sun 02 Nov
CIN Bengals-556-10½
-111
43½o
-111
JAX Jaguars+425+10½
-111
43½u
-111
18:00 Sun 02 Nov
KC Chiefs-435-9½
-105
42½o
-111
NY Jets+325+9½
-116
42½u
-111
18:00 Sun 02 Nov
HOU Texans+105+1½
-111
48½o
-111
PHI Eagles-125-1½
-111
48½u
-111
18:00 Sun 02 Nov
MIA Dolphins-132-2½
-111
44½o
-111
SD Chargers+110+2½
-111
44½u
-111
18:00 Sun 02 Nov
CLE Browns-294-6½
-111
43½o
-111
TB Buccaneers+235+6½
-111
43½u
-111
18:00 Sun 02 Nov
MIN Vikings +0.0
-111
43½o
-111
WAS Redskins +0.0
-111
43½u
-111
21:05 Sun 02 Nov
SF 49ers-455-10.0
-105
43½o
-111
STL Rams+350+10.0
-116
43½u
-111
21:25 Sun 02 Nov
NE Patriots+140+3.0
-111
53.0o
-111
DEN Broncos-161-3.0
-111
53.0u
-111
21:25 Sun 02 Nov
SEA Seahawks-1429-14.0
-111
43.0o
-111
OAK Raiders+850+14.0
-111
43.0u
-111