Nfl Spreads

Sat, 20 Sep 2008 02:10

Nfl Spreads

Many people love watching football games, especially NFL games. The Super Bowl actually happens to be one of the most watched sports events. The popularity of NFL, NFL teams, and NFL players led to the emergence of NFL betting. If you'd like to earn some money by engaging in NFL betting, it's important that you first have knowledge of NFL spreads.

What are NFL spreads?

When it comes to betting on NFL games, it's advisable that you have a solid understanding of NFL spreads. An NFL spread is a chart that lists down the names of competing teams and shows which one is the underdog and which is the favored team. What an NFL spread does is make both of these teams look attractive to bettors. When you look at an NFL spread, you're going to see numbers listed beside the names of the teams. The team with the number that has a "+" sign before it is the underdog, while the team with the number that has a "-" sign before it is the favored team. If you choose to bet on the underdog, then the numbers indicate how much you're going to win in case you bet $100. For example, +250 means you're going to earn a profit of $250 when you place a bet of $100. If you bet on the favored team, the number indicates the amount you have to wager to win $100. This means that betting on a team with -150 will have you shelling out $150 to win a profit of $100.

How do spread bets work?

When you make a spread bet, you not only bet on the winning team but also on the points they got that exceeded that of their opponent. If, for example, you bet on a favored team that's supposed to win by at least seven points so that you'll win the bet, and the team scores 13 points more than their opponent, then you're going to win the bet. However, if the team you bet on does win the game but only by four points, then you lose the bet. You can also bet on the underdog and by how many points they lose. In case the underdog wins, you win the bet. You also win the bet in case the underdog loses but their points are within the margin specified in the NFL spread.

When you bet on the underdog, there's a bigger chance that you might lose; but if you win, you're going to get a higher profit. Betting on the favored team means that you're going to shell out a bigger amount of money and will get a smaller profit, but you have a greater chance of winning the bet. If you've never engaged in NFL betting before, it's advisable for you to read some information about this first. You can get lots of information on the Internet and you may even choose to bet online instead of going to a casino. It's also good for you to study the records of the competing teams so that you can make an intelligent bet.