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
23:35 Fri 24 Oct
OTT Redblacks+240+6½
+100
44.0o
-111
MON Alouettes-303-6½
-120
44.0u
-111
02:35 Sat 25 Oct
CAL Stampeders-625-10½
-111
47.0o
-111
SAS Roughriders+450+10½
-111
47.0u
-111
21:05 Sat 25 Oct
TOR Argonauts-172-3½
-116
52½o
-111
HAM Tiger-Cats+150+3½
-105
52½u
-111
00:00 Fri 24 Oct
East Carolina -28.0
-111
54½o
-111
Connecticut +28.0
-111
54½u
-111
01:00 Fri 24 Oct
Virginia Tech+125+3.0
-116
49.0o
-111
Miami Florida-147-3.0
-105
49.0u
-111
00:00 Sat 25 Oct
Cincinnati-400-10.0
-111
60½o
-111
South Florida+320+10.0
-111
60½u
-111
00:30 Sat 25 Oct
South Alabama-526-14.0
-111
54½o
-111
Troy+400+14.0
-111
54½u
-111
02:00 Sat 25 Oct
Boise State-263-6½
-111
59.0o
-111
BYU+215+6½
-111
59.0u
-111
03:00 Sat 25 Oct
California+625+17½
-111
78½o
-111
Oregon-1000-17½
-111
78½u
-111
17:00 Sat 25 Oct
Wisconsin-435-10½
-111
56.0o
-111
Maryland+325+10½
-111
56.0u
-111
17:00 Sat 25 Oct
SMU+1100+23.0
-111
49.0o
-111
Memphis-2000-23.0
-111
49.0u
-111
17:00 Sat 25 Oct
Illinois+190+6½
-111
55½o
-111
Minnesota-233-6½
-111
55½u
-111
17:00 Sat 25 Oct
Rice-625-13½
-111
57½o
-111
North Texas+450+13½
-111
57½u
-111
17:00 Sat 25 Oct
Nebraska-909-17½
-111
58.0o
-111
Rutgers+575+17½
-111
58.0u
-111
17:00 Sat 25 Oct
Kansas State-370-10.0
-111
49.0o
-111
Texas+280+10.0
-111
49.0u
-111
17:00 Sat 25 Oct
Arkansas-2000-23½
-111
65½o
-111
UAB+1100+23½
-111
65½u
-111
17:30 Sat 25 Oct
Virginia-270-7.0
-111
65½o
-111
North Carolina+220+7.0
-111
65½u
-111
18:00 Sat 25 Oct
Eastern Michigan+800+19½
-111
61.0o
-111
Northern Illinois-1429-19½
-111
61.0u
-111
18:00 Sat 25 Oct
Navy-345-9.0
-111
53½o
-111
San Jose State+270+9.0
-111
53½u
-111
19:00 Sat 25 Oct
Ball State+110+2.0
-111
50.0o
-111
Akron-132-2.0
-111
50.0u
-111
19:00 Sat 25 Oct
Georgia State+550+16½
-111
65½o
-111
Georgia Southern-833-16½
-111
65½u
-111
19:00 Sat 25 Oct
Toledo-833-16.0
-111
70.0o
-111
Massachusetts+550+16.0
-111
70.0u
-111
19:00 Sat 25 Oct
Western Michigan-400-10½
-111
50½o
-111
Ohio+320+10½
-111
50½u
-111
19:00 Sat 25 Oct
Colorado+400+13½
-111
69.0o
-111
UCLA-526-13½
-111
69.0u
-111
19:30 Sat 25 Oct
Miami Ohio-250-7.0
+100
53.0o
-111
Kent State+210+7.0
-120
53.0u
-111
20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Wake Forest+400+13.0
-111
39½o
-111
Boston College-526-13.0
-111
39½u
-111
20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Buffalo+190+5½
-111
57½o
-111
Central Michigan-233-5½
-111
57½u
-111
20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Marshall -28.0
-111
68½o
-111
Florida Atlantic +28.0
-111
68½u
-111
20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Pittsburgh-156-3.0
-111
55.0o
-111
Georgia Tech+135+3.0
-111
55.0u
-111
20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Southern Mississippi+300+9½
-105
55.0o
-111
Louisiana Tech-385-9½
-116
55.0u
-111
20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Michigan State-769-17.0
-116
49.0o
-111
Michigan.+525+17.0
-105
49.0u
-111
20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Kentucky+425+13½
-111
58½o
-111
Mississippi State-556-13½
-111
58½u
-111
20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Stanford-500-13.0
-111
42.0o
-111
Oregon State+375+13.0
-111
42.0u
-111
20:30 Sat 25 Oct
TCU-1667-23.0
-111
71½o
-111
Texas Tech+950+23.0
-111
71½u
-111
20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Oklahoma State-120-1.0
-116
65.0o
-111
West Virginia+100+1.0
-105
65.0u
-111
21:00 Sat 25 Oct
Western Kentucky-435-10½
-111
77.0o
-111
Old Dominion+325+10½
-111
77.0u
-111
21:00 Sat 25 Oct
Utah State-769-17.0
-111
51½o
-111
UNLV+525+17.0
-111
51½u
-111
21:00 Sat 25 Oct
Missouri-1429-21.0
-111
45½o
-111
Vanderbilt+800+21.0
-111
45½u
-111
22:00 Sat 25 Oct
Central Florida-303-7.0
-111
47½o
-111
Temple+240+7.0
-111
47½u
-111
23:00 Sat 25 Oct
Washington State+115+2½
-105
71½o
-111
Arizona-135-2½
-116
71½u
-111
01:25 Fri 24 Oct
DEN Broncos-400-8½
-111
51½o
-111
SD Chargers+310+8½
-111
51½u
-111