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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:53:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Sunderland goalie wants to
    reimburse fans after 8-0 loss

    Sunderland lost 8-0 to Southampton
    this weekend, in a game that might
    have been uglier than the scoreline
    would indicate. Two of
    Southampton's...
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:39:46 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Column: Keselowski marches to
    his own beat

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) It didn't
    take long for Brad Keselowski to
    earn an unpleasant reputation in
    NASCAR. He was aggressive on the
    track, brash and...
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:42:55 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Vikings player Senser's wife
    finishes work release

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The wife of
    Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser
    is being allowed to return home
    after completing a work release
    assignment for...
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:40:49 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Stiviano suit against Shelly
    Sterling dismissed

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A judge has
    dismissed a defamation lawsuit by
    Donald Sterling's mistress against
    the estranged wife of the former
    Los Angeles...
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:37:34 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Rest or rust? Royals, Giants
    set for World Series

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Buster Posey
    and the San Francisco Giants zipped
    through the playoffs, Lorenzo Cain
    and the Kansas City Royals zoomed
    along...
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:43:27 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Flyers-Blackhawks Preview

    After rallying to end their worst
    start in six seasons, the
    Philadelphia Flyers will attempt to
    top two of the NHL's leading
    franchises on the...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:35:13 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Defense matters in
    high-scoring NFL

    Calling it a resurgence would be an
    exaggeration.Dubbing it a trend
    would be hyperbole.Still, the way
    some NFL teams are ramping up their
    defenses,...
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:41:52 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Yearwood, Santana to perform
    at World Series

    NEW YORK (AP) Trisha Yearwood and
    Carlos Santana are among the
    musicians set to perform the
    national anthem during the World
    Series.Major League...
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:15:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Notes: Hope for unemployed
    veteran goalies; Milan Lucic
    is Habs crazy

    Goaltending problems in Edmonton,
    Anaheim and Dallas may open up jobs
    for out of work veterans like
    Martin Brodeur, Ilya Bryzgalov and
    Tomas Vokoun; more NH
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:15:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Tiger starts hitting balls,
    aiming for Dec. return


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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:22:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Tom Verducci's World Series
    preview

    On Monday's SI Now, Sports
    Illustrated senior writer Tom
    Verducci discusses what makes the
    Kansas City Royals stick out from
    any other team in the...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:37:42 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Flames sign T.J. Brodie to
    5-year extension

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary
    Flames have signed defenseman T.J.
    Brodie to a five-year contract
    extension.Brodie is in the final
    year of a two...
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  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:38:45 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Unless RG3 is ready, McCoy to
    start for Redskins

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Redskins coach
    Jay Gruden says that unless Robert
    Griffin III is 100 percent ready to
    return from injury, Colt McCoy will
    start...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:46:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Drake air balls, Manny
    Pacquiao boxer to baller,
    Joseph Randle's redemption

    On Monday's SI Now, host Maggie
    Gray discusses the hottest trends
    in sports including Drake air balls
    at Kentucky's Midnight Madness,
    boxer Manny...
    …. read the rest by clicking HERE

  • Breaking SPORTSNEWS News
    @ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:57:00 -0400

    By: Sports Illustrated

    Touch The Wall clip shows two
    swimmers' journey to the
    Olympics

    The upcoming documentary Touch The
    Wall follows the story of veteran
    swimmer Kara-Lynn Joyce joining
    Missy Franklin and a group of high
    school Olympic hop
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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.