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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:45:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Fact or Fiction: Should you
    trade these three scuffling
    first rounders?

    Eddie Lacy, LeSean McCoy and
    Demaryius Thomas have been fantasy
    football disappointments so far,
    but you should keep them.
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:30:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Report: Steelers to sign
    former LB James Harrison this
    week

    The Steelers will be signing
    their former linebacker, James
    Harrison, this week, according to a
    tweet Monday night from
    Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. 
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    LIVE: Geno, Jets hosting Bears


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:30:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Golf.com: The three best days
    in golf are finally here


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:45:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Watch: Andy Reid busted out a
    dance in the Chiefs' locker
    room


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:46:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    College Superfans, Week 4


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Mets start
    '#ImAMetsFanBecause', which
    backfires spectacularly

    The Mets started what they thought
    was a totally innocuous Twitter
    hashtag Monday, asking fans to
    share why on earth they support
    such a hapless...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:15:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Peyton Manning: Overtime rules
    'put a premium on the coin
    toss'

    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton
    Manning said the NFL's overtime
    rules "put a premium on the coin
    toss." Denver lost to the Seahawks
    in overtime on Sunday.
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:57:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Why Paul Rodriguez is on
    LeBron and Kobe's level

    On Monday's SI Now, four-time X
    Games gold medalist Paul Rodriguez
    talks about his line of Nike
    sneakers and what it means to be to
    mentioned in...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:42:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Grant Wahl: Qatar is not
    likely to lose World Cup bid

    On Monday's SI Now, Sports
    Illustrated senior writer Grant
    Wahl discusses FIFA executive board
    member Theo Zwanziger's comment
    about Qatar losing...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:15:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    MLB Power Rankings: Angels on
    top, Diamondbacks last in
    final week

    The final week of the regular
    season brings with it the end of
    Power Rankings, which sees a pair
    of familiar teams leading the way
    and bringing up...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Ravens refute ESPN report on
    handling of Rice


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:45:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Ravens refute ESPN report on
    team's handling of Ray Rice

    Baltimore Ravens owner Steve
    Bisciotti refuted an ESPN report on
    the team's handling of Ray Rice and
    the Ravens released a 15-point
    statement responding to
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:15:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Phil Kessel and Alex Ovechkin
    are doing themselves no favors

    Phil Kessel and Alex Ovechkin did
    themselves no favors this summer by
    fueling the perception that they
    aren't working hard to be the best
    players they can
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Do we take fantasy too
    seriously? Highs and lows of
    'pretend' football

    Do we take fantasy football too
    seriously? The highs, lows and
    everything in-between of playing
    'pretend' football
    …. 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.