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

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Young Timberwolves flash
    potential at Dunks after Dark


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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:32:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    AFC East coaches on the hot
    seat

    On Tuesday's SI Now, Sports
    Illustrated NFL writer Aaron Nagler
    discusses why he believes Jets
    coach Rex Ryan and Dolphins coach
    Joe Philbin are on...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

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

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Report: Raiders prepared to
    shell out for Jon Gruden


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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:45:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Kyle Fuller, Derek Carr among
    NFL's top rookies to start
    season

    While rating the best rookies after
    the first four weeks of an NFL
    season can seem like jumping to
    conclusions, it's also true that a
    number of...
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:15:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Mariners GM: League's best
    bullpen could use another arm

    Fewer than 48 hours after the
    Seattle Mariners came within one
    game of making the post-season for
    the first time in 12 years, general
    manager Jack Zdurienc
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:30:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Will NHL dynasties ever exist
    like they did in the past?

    Ahead of the 2014-15 season, NHL
    stars discuss whether or not
    dynasties like those of the Oilers,
    Islanders and Canadiens can exist
    in today's game.
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:45:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Strangest shots from 2014 NBA
    Media Day

    What NBA Media Day lacks in
    substance, it makes up for in
    silly. Here's a roundup of the
    strangest scenes from 2014 NBA
    Media Day, along with a...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:31:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Patriots must drastically
    change offensive game plan

    On Tuesday's SI Now, Sports
    Illustrated NFL analyst Aaron
    Nagler discusses how the Chiefs vs
    Patriots game shined a light on all
    of New England's...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:41:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Champions League: Shorthanded
    PSG stuns Barcelona, ageless
    Totti shines

    Champions League group play resumed
    with the start to the second wave
    of matches and was marked by two
    players making history on a day
    when the...
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Watch: Junior golfer's
    albatross on 18 at Pebble
    Beach


    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:55:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Report: 76 of 79 deceased NFL
    players examined had brain
    disease

    According to a report from
    the Department of Veterans
    Affairs? brain repository, 76 out
    of the 79 deceased NFL players
    examined were found to have brain…. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:45:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Yankees working on contract to
    re-sign GM Brian Cashman

    With the 2014 MLB season in the
    books for only 24 hours, and
    despite failing to make the
    playoffs for the second consecutive
    year, the New York Yankees ar
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:10:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    FCC considering punishment for
    using 'Redskins' on air

    Federal Communications Commission
    chairman Tom Wheeler said Tuesday
    that the FCC will consider
    punishing broadcasters for using
    "Redskins" on air. 
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:21:50 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Raiders make Tony Sparano
    interim coach

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Reggie
    McKenzie believes he put together a
    roster capable of competing for a
    playoff spot. When that roster got
    off to an 0-4...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:43:57 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Cowboys' Carter out this week
    with quad strain

    IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas
    linebacker Bruce Carter is out this
    weekend against Houston and could
    miss next week's game at Seattle
    because of a...
    …. 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.