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
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02:35 Sat 25 Oct
CAL Stampeders-625-10½
-111
47½o
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SAS Roughriders+450+10½
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21:05 Sat 25 Oct
TOR Argonauts-172-3½
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HAM Tiger-Cats+150+3½
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00:05 Sun 26 Oct
WIN Bluebombers+210+5½
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BC Lions-250-5½
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Cincinnati-435-10.0
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South Florida+325+10.0
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00:30 Sat 25 Oct
South Alabama-667-14½
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Troy+475+14½
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Boise State-250-6½
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BYU+210+6½
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03:00 Sat 25 Oct
California+600+17½
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Oregon-909-17½
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17:00 Sat 25 Oct
Wisconsin-400-10½
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Maryland+320+10½
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17:00 Sat 25 Oct
SMU+1100+23½
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Memphis-2000-23½
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Illinois+175+5½
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17:00 Sat 25 Oct
Rice-625-14½
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North Texas+450+14½
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17:00 Sat 25 Oct
Nebraska-1250-20.0
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Rutgers+750+20.0
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17:00 Sat 25 Oct
Kansas State-370-10.0
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Texas+290+10.0
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Arkansas-5000-27.0
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UAB+1500+27.0
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Virginia-263-7.0
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North Carolina+215+7.0
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18:00 Sat 25 Oct
Eastern Michigan+800+20½
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Navy-345-9.0
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San Jose State+270+9.0
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19:00 Sat 25 Oct
Ball State+120+2½
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Akron-141-2½
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Georgia State+625+17½
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Toledo-909-17.0
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Massachusetts+575+17.0
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Ohio+300+10.0
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19:00 Sat 25 Oct
Colorado+425+14.0
-111
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UCLA-556-14.0
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Miami Ohio-263-6½
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Kent State+215+6½
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20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Wake Forest+425+14.0
-111
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Boston College-556-14.0
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20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Buffalo+180+5½
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Central Michigan-222-5½
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56½u
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20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Marshall -28.0
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Florida Atlantic +28.0
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20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Pittsburgh-152-3.0
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Georgia Tech+130+3.0
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20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Southern Mississippi+300+9½
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Louisiana Tech-385-9½
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20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Michigan State-833-17.0
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Michigan.+550+17.0
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20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Kentucky+450+14½
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Mississippi State-625-14½
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20:30 Sat 25 Oct
Stanford-500-13½
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Oregon State+375+13½
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20:30 Sat 25 Oct
TCU-1667-23.0
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Oklahoma State-120-1.0
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West Virginia+100+1.0
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21:00 Sat 25 Oct
Western Kentucky-526-13½
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Old Dominion+400+13½
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21:00 Sat 25 Oct
Utah State-769-17.0
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Missouri-2000-24.0
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Central Florida-303-7.0
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23:00 Sat 25 Oct
Washington State+125+2½
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Arizona-147-2½
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00:00 Sun 26 Oct
Clemson-556-14½
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UL- Monroe-125-2.0
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Colorado State-1000-18½
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Wyoming+650+18½
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LSU+145+3½
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Tennessee+800+19.0
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Auburn-1000-19.0
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Penn State+425+14.0
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Ohio State-556-14.0
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Utah +0.0
-111
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USC +0.0
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02:45 Sun 26 Oct
Washington+135+3.0
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Arizona State-156-3.0
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Hawaii+135+3.0
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Nevada-156-3.0
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51½u
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13:30 Sun 26 Oct
ATL Falcons+165+3½
-111
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DET Lions-185-3½
-111
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17:00 Sun 26 Oct
CIN Bengals+110+2½
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BAL Ravens-132-2½
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17:00 Sun 26 Oct
NY Jets-161-3.0
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BUF Bills+140+3.0
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17:00 Sun 26 Oct
NE Patriots-250-6.0
-111
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CHI Bears+210+6.0
-111
50½u
-111
17:00 Sun 26 Oct
TEN Titans+145+3.0
-105
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-111
HOU Texans-167-3.0
-116
41½u
-111
17:00 Sun 26 Oct
JAX Jaguars+215+6.0
-111
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MIA Dolphins-263-6.0
-111
42½u
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17:00 Sun 26 Oct
TB Buccaneers-147-2½
-116
42½o
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MIN Vikings+125+2½
-105
42½u
-111
17:00 Sun 26 Oct
CAR Panthers+205+5½
-111
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SEA Seahawks-250-5½
-111
44½u
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17:00 Sun 26 Oct
KC Chiefs-323-7.0
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-111
STL Rams+255+7.0
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20:05 Sun 26 Oct
ARZ Cardinals-125-1.0
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PHI Eagles+105+1.0
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20:05 Sun 26 Oct
ARZ Cardinals-147-2½
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PHL Eagles+125+2½
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48.0u
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20:25 Sun 26 Oct
PIT Steelers+155+3½
-116
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IND Colts-175-3½
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49.0u
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20:25 Sun 26 Oct
CLE Browns-294-7.0
+100
43½o
-111
OAK Raiders+235+7.0
-120
43½u
-111