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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    2015 NFL draft primer: Big Ten
    has handful of top pick
    hopefuls

    Is 2015 the year that the Big Ten
    snaps its lengthy and rather
    embarrassing draft drought, which
    has seen the conference unable to
    produce a top-10...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:15:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Golf.com: Dustin Johnson
    taking a leave of absence


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Report: Mason Plumlee likely
    to make Team USA over DeMarcus
    Cousins

    Brooklyn Nets center
    Mason Plumlee is "likely" to make
    Team USA's final roster for
    the FIBA World Cup, at the
    expense of Sacramento Kings
    center 
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:35:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Breaking down the MLB trade
    deadline moves

    Sports Illustrated's Ted Keith and
    Stephen Cannella analyze the
    multiple moves made at the MLB
    trade deadline.
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Phillies' Cliff Lee leaves
    start with elbow injury

    Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff
    Lee left his start against the
    Washington Nationals with an
    apparent elbow injury, according to
    multiple reports.
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Seahawks give Marshawn Lynch a
    raise in salary

    The Seattle Seahawks are giving
    running back Marshawn Lynch a
    slight raise this season, Pro
    Football Talk's Michael David Smith
    reported Thursday. ...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    tiger 2014 bridgestone recap


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:29:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Cliff Lee leaves start with
    injury to elbow

    Philadelphia Phillies starter Cliff
    Lee left his start against the
    Washington Nationals with an
    apparent elbow injury, according to
    multiple reports.
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:27:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Fixing The QBs: Is Colin
    Kaepernick ready for more
    responsibility?

    Colin Kaepernick may be on track,
    but when it comes to the little
    things that make a handful of
    quarterbacks great, there's still
    work to be done.
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:33:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    With David Price trade,
    Detroit Tigers make bid for AL
    supremacy

    The Detroit Tigers made the move of
    the deadline, acquiring David Price
    from the Tampa Bay Rays in a
    three-team deal that bolsters an
    already formidable rot
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:45:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Golf.com: Bridgestone
    leaderboard: Tiger shoots 68


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Steelers feeling a sense of
    urgency in camp

    Sports Illustrated's Don Banks
    shares his takeaways from Steelers
    camp in Latrobe, PA including the
    sense of urgency the team has after
    two 8-8...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Have we seen the last of these
    notable NHL free agents?

    Tim Thomas, Ed Jovanovski and Todd
    Bertuzzi are just three of the
    notable unsigned free agents who
    have likely played their last games
    in the NHL.
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Harbaugh brothers continue to
    mishandle conduct issues

    On Thursday's SI Now, NFL writers
    Don Banks and Chris Burke discuss
    whether the criticism geared toward
    the Harbaugh brothers is justified.
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:45:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Johnson takes leave from golf
    for 'personal challenges'


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

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NFL Lines

NFL lines, also known as point spreads, deal with the number that is set by bookmakers to get equal betting action on each team. The books are not setting NFL lines on who they think will win the game, but rather the line they think will make it so people will wager equally on both sides with not too much money put on one team or the other. Books do this so they can make money since they make a certain amount for each wager and if there is a game that has a lot more money bet on one team and that team wins the books will lose.

Explaining NFL Lines

NFL lines are pretty simple to understand so lets take a look at an example. Let's say that for week 1 of the season the NFL lines are out and in the Bears vs. Cowboys game the line is Cowboys -4. This means the Cowboys are favored by 4 points and they have to win the game by at least 5 points for you to win the bet. If you bet on the Cowboys in this game and they win 20-14 you win, as they covered the spread winning by 6 points. Conversely, if you bet on the Bears you will lose since they did not cover the 4 points they were given. If a game is a push you will get your original money bet on the game back. For example, if you see NFL lines with the Eagles at -4 over the Giants and they win by exactly 4 points the game is a push. Many times the books will have a spread with a .5 on the end, such as Cowboys -4.5, so there is no chance of a push.

NFL lines typically come out on Monday or Tuesday before the weekend games. The NFL lines are not set in stone, as they may change depending on things such as injuries and suspensions. However, what is set in stone is the wager you make at the time the NFL lines are out. If you bet on a team and get a certain line and then the NFL lines change you will get the line that was set at the time you make the wager. For example, if you bet on the Patriots to beat the Jets and they are favored by 7 points, but mid-week Tom Brady suffers an injury and will not play. Because of this the Pats are less likely to win and the line changes and they are only favored by 4 points. However, you made the wager when the line was at -7 and that is the line you will be locked in on.

If you are checking out the NFL lines you will see this for the game for the example above:

Cowboys -4
Bears +4

The - in front of the number means that team is the favorite and the + means the tam is the underdog.

NFL lines are not hard to understand and they are the most popular football wager.