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How to Read NFL Odds
If you're new to NFL betting and reading odds, here are some tips and how to interpret this page.
Starting with the basics, a favorite -- the team likely to win -- is designated with a minus sign (-), whereas an underdog -- the team likely to lose -- has a plus sign next to its odds.
Reading NFL Point Spreads
Point spreads are one of the most common bet types in the U.S., and they're simply margin-of-victory bets. You'll see two numbers next to a team: the line and the juice. For example, the Tennessee Titans might be -6.5 (-110) against the Chicago Bears. The first number (6.5) is the spread number, and the second is the juice (-110), which is the "tax" bettors pay on a bet.
Tennessee would need to beat Chicago by seven points or more for the Titans spread bet to win. If the Bears won outright or lost by six or fewer points, the Titans -6.5 (-110) spread bet would not win.
The juice, seen here in the American odds format, is the payout structure of the bet. Bettors at -110 would have to pay $11 for every $10 they want to profit. Again, this is the tax or "vig" of placing the bet.
Use our Odds Calculator to calculate any bet amount or conversion.
Reading NFL Moneylines
NFL moneyline bets are simply bets on which team will win the game. Unlike spread bets, the margin of victory does not matter for moneyline wagers.
The odds and payout structure will be like the juice of spread bets. For example, you might see the Philadelphia Eagles at +160 against the Atlanta Falcons, who might be -185.
A $100 bet on the Eagles moneyline at +160 odds would profit $160. In contrast, a Falcons moneyline bet at -185 odds would win $100 for every $185 invested.
Reading NFL Totals
NFL totals, commonly called over/under bets, are wagers on how many points will be scored in a game by both teams. It doesn't matter which team wins or by how much; it's just about the point total.
If the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills play, the total might get set at 50 points by the oddsmakers. Bettors can wager on either side of that number: Over bettors would win if the Steelers and Bills combined for 51 or more points, whereas under bettors would cash at 49 or fewer points. The game could land at exactly 50 points -- say, a 30-20 game -- in which case the bets would push, and money would be refunded.
Note that totals, like spread bets, will have (-110) attached to the over/under numbers. This is again the juice or the price to make the bet. It's important to find the sportsbook with the best line and best juice, as that makes a big difference over the long run on your NFL betting bankroll.
How to Use the NFL Odds Page
Shopping for lines is a common practice of savvy bettors, and it means they're finding which sportsbook has the best odds and price. On this page, we'll do the hard work for you and show you where it's best to bet any given game.
Here are a few more things to note.
1) You don't have to guess or sort through dozens of sportsbooks to eye which one has the best odds. We pull in up-to-the-minute odds on every U.S. sportsbook, and we'll automatically highlight in green which book is giving the best odds on any spread, moneyline, or over/under bet.
2) This page is customizable, so you can add or subtract sportsbooks under "My Action" on the top right, and we'll reflect that here. If you want to look at odds and prices just on the books, you have accounts with. This makes it easy.
3) You can look at spreads, moneylines, and over/unders all at once for any given game, or you can look at just one market at a time by clicking the check box next to the bet type.
4) Sportsbooks will offer markets not just on the full game but also on other timeframes like the first quarter, first half, second half, etc. Use the dropdown menu to find the correct market.
5) If you're in a legal betting state, you'll be able to see odds and prices on the sportsbooks available to you.
More NFL Betting Options
Point spreads, moneylines, and totals are just a few ways to bet NFL games. Here are some other options to get down some action on a Sunday.
Futures bets are exactly how they sound: They're wagers on outcomes settled at a later date. Some examples include odds for the NFL MVP, Super Bowl odds, which team will win a given division, and more.
Use our NFL futures page to look at any market and find the best price.
While sports betting might be new in the U.S., fantasy football certainly isn't. If speculating on player performance is more your thing, prop bets are a great way to get into the betting market.
Some examples you'll find on an NFL Sunday include player props such as Patrick Mahomes to score over/under 2.5 touchdowns, Christian McCaffrey to rush for over/under 80.5 yards, and many more.
We have a Props Tool at Action Labs that will help you organize and sort through all of the hundreds of props on a slate. You can also sign up for an Action Labs subscription, which will give you access to our industry-leading projections from experts like Sean Koerner. We make it easy for you, too, grading each prop on a scale from 1-10.
If legal sports betting hasn't reached your state yet, check out NFL DFS (daily fantasy sports). It's like your season-long fantasy football league with friends or at work, except it's just for one day.
At FantasyLabs, we have expert content and slate breakdowns, as well as fully customizable tools and pro projections.
Other NFL Betting Tips
You know how to read NFL odds and are comfortable with the bet types, but maybe you still need some help picking out your wagers. Here are a few tips on what to look for and what The Action Network offers.
Public Betting Percentages
We have a vast amount of betting data available on every NFL game and slate, including a number of bets and how much money is placed on them. Whether you want to fade the public or follow it, you'll be better informed.
Our NFL in-house experts handicap every single game of the season and look at all factors, including recent performance, player value, injuries, and more. It can be overwhelming to measure the importance of all of those factors as a casual bettor, so feel free to lean on our pros.
If you prefer a data-driven approach over trusting handicappers, check out our NFL PRO Report. It highlights five key signals: big money, sharp action, expert projections, expert picks, and historical betting systems.
Of course, if you just want to see your favorite NFL expert's picks, make sure to check out The Action Network app or the NFL picks page, where you can follow any bettor completely for free.
Where Can I Bet on the NFL?
DraftKings offers a wide range of player props. Proposition bets allow you to bet on the performance of an individual player, rather than the outcome of a game.
FanDuel has the best prices on futures bets, like selecting the Super Bowl winner for 2021 today.
PointsBet offers a unique wagering type called points betting, where bettors win more money the more the bet wins by, and vice versa. It's high-risk, high-reward.
How can I win betting on the NFL?
What is a point spread in NFL betting?
A is a bet on the margin of victory. If the Patriots are -7, that means they’re favored by seven points and need to win by 8 points or more to win the bet. In that same game, the Jets would be +7, meaning they need to lose by 1-6 points or win the game to win the bet.
What is a total bet in an NFL game?
The is a wager on the total number of points scored in a game. If the total in that Jets-Patriots game is 42, anyone who bets “the over” would win if the two teams combine to score 43 points or more. Anyone who bet the under would win if they combine for 41 points or fewer. If it lands exactly on 42, it’s a push and all bets are refunded.