All of the NFL lines for the entire regular season are right here. This is going to be a comprehensive breakdown of all the odds and how to understand them so that finding what’s best for you is a breeze. Whether you’re an expert or new to sports betting, this is a look at NFL odds to make this season a profitable one.
What Are NFL Odds?
NFL odds are the likelihood of something happening in the NFL, represented by numbers rather than percentages or fractions. Every game will have odds attached to them, although the odds will vary from sportsbook to sportsbook. Each bet type has different odds, and they’re based on different numbers, but it’s not confusing.
How To Read NFL Odds?
When you see an NFL game, the first numbers you’ll typically see are for the spread, total, and Moneyline. Attached to each of those will be a number with a plus or minus next to it. These are the odds, and they tell bettors the perceived likelihood of the bet winning and its potential payout.
For the spread and total, it’s common to see -110 odds attached to them. This is essentially a 50% chance according to oddsmakers. The -110 means that to win $100, you would have to wager $110, making the payout $210. All negative odds tell how much a bettor would need to wager to win $100. The further from zero a number extends in the negatives, the more likely it is to be a winner according to oddsmakers.
On the opposite end, the Moneyline will typically have one of the teams with +105 or higher odds attached to them. What this means is that they are viewed as underdogs, so their odds of winning are less likely. The +105 means that wagering $100 would win you $105, a total payout of $205. The higher this number goes, the less likely oddsmakers believe it is to occur.
NFL Moneyline Odds
Moneyline betting is the easiest to read, as it’s simply the odds of a team winning the game, with no caveats. The only numbers attached are the odds, with the team carrying the lower number being the favorite and the higher number being put on the underdog. If the game is a tie, which rarely happens, the bet is graded as a push, so your money will be refunded.
NFL Over/Under Odds
Unlike the Moneyline and spread, the over/under odds displayed aren’t based on a winner but the final score. The total is set as a target score, and you then bet on if the final score will add up to over or under that number.
Typically, a totals box will have two numbers in it, the designated total and the odds. One of the boxes will be marked as over and the other as under. The over/under can vary drastically from game to game, even during the same week. If the total happens to be a whole number and the final score lands on it exactly, it’s a push.
NFL Against the Spread Odds
The spread is a set margin of victory that gives underdogs an even playing field in the betting sense. Rather than picking a winner outright like NFL Moneyline odds, the spread is on if the favorites can win by a certain amount. For example, a nine-point favorite will be designated at -9 and the underdog at +9.
The team set at -9 would have to win by at least 10 points to beat the spread. The underdog wins against the spread by losing by fewer than nine points or winning the game. If the favorite were to win by exactly nine in that scenario, the bet would be a push.
NFL Playoff Odds
One of many NFL Futures bets, NFL playoff odds is betting on a team to make the playoffs. They don’t have to win their division, conference, or the Super Bowl. All they have to do is qualify for the postseason. Seven teams make the postseason from each conference now, so there’s an even better chance for these bets to be winners.
NFL Divisional Odds
Unlike the NFL playoff odds, this bet does require a team to win their division. Winning your division is an automatic playoff berth, and division rivalries can be fierce. In divisions that are tightly contested, the odds can be quite favorable toward bettors in the preseason.
NFL Championship Odds
Betting on the conference champions or Super Bowl champion won’t come to fruition for many months but can be fun to follow. These odds almost always start the season with positive odds for even the biggest favorites, so earlier bets can become more profitable. They have to win the championship though, not just make it there.
NFL Prop Bet Odds
Prop bets usually come in two categories, player props and team props. Props commonly come in the form of over/under, yes/no, or pick-a-team. They’re not tied to the outcome of games like the common bets, just whether or not the proposition happens. Touchdown props for individual players tend to be popular among NFL bettors. Odds can vary a good amount depending on the sportsbook, so don’t be afraid to look around for better odds on props. The Super Bowl tends to have a massive selection of prop bets.