NFL Point Spreads
NFL Football is arguably the most popular sport to bet on in America today. For instance, the Super Bowl is not only the most watched but also the most heavily bet upon sporting event each and every year. So, due to its increasing popularity and the fact that an NFL wager can be placed on the internet by anyone over the age of 18, we felt it necessary to offer a crash course into the NFL point spread for our novice gamblers.
Wagering on the NFL revolves around the point spread in which one team is designated the favorite and the other team is called the underdog. The NFL point spread sets a specific number of points that the favorite must win by in order for a person betting that particular team to win their wager. Lets use an example from last week's NFL slate to demonstrate the art of NFL point spreads. This past weekend the New England Patriots played the Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots were four point favorites in that game. So in your local newspaper, you might have seen something similar to this illustration.
NFL Point Spread
Seattle Seahawks +4
New England Patriots -4
All this means to someone betting on New England is that in order for them to win their wager the Patriots must win by more than four points. For another bettor placing his money on Seattle, the Seahawks must either win the game outright or lose by less than four points. If the outcome of the game were to be decided by exactly four points, it what result in what is called a “push” where both bettors would neither win or lose their wager.
However, the Patriots won the game by a score of 30-20. Therefore, because the Patriots won by ten points, they covered the NFL point spread of four points. If you bet on the Patriots you cashed a winning a ticket but if you bet the Seahawks you lost your wager.
The idea of explaining NFL point spreads may seem elementary to the experienced sports gambler, but is necessary for anyone considering betting on the NFL so we hope were able to clearly demonstrate the nitty-gritty of NFL point spreads.
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