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NFL Odds, Lines, Spreads, Moneylines, and the Growth
of NFL Betting

The negative number in the spread column shows the number of points the indicated team has to win for a wager to pay out. In this example, New England has to win by 15 points to win a bet placed on them. For the opposing team—in this case Kansas City—a bet on them pays out if they lose by fewer than 15 points or win the game. The decimal is there to ensure no push occurs on a bet. If the spread were to read -15/+15, a win by New England by fifteen points would force a betting tie, and the bookmaker would have to refund all bets.

The moneyline indicates the bet payout. In the case of New England, the negative number indicates how much you’d need to stake in order to win $100. The positive amount shows how much you’d win after placing a $100 bet on that team to win. If you were to bet on New England, you’d have to bet $120 to win $100. You’d also win back your initial $120 stake for a total of $220.
If you want to bet on Kansas City, you’d need to put up a bet of $100. If they’re victorious—or lose by fewer points than the spread—you’d win $150. You’d also get back your initial $100 stake, for a total of $250, back into your pocket.
For smaller bets, the moneyline scales easily. You’d stake $12 on New England to win $10 and place $10 on KC to win $15.

NFL betting lines

NFL line betting—also called moneyline betting—simply takes the spread out of the picture. In this case, the bookmakers adjust the payout to account for the lack of point spread. A moneyline sheet might look similar to this:
TeamSpreadMoneylineNew England @ Kansas CityNew England-200/+200
The moneyline column works the same as with spread betting. In this case, you’d have to bet $200 to win $100 when betting on New England. The stake would be $100 to win $200 if you choose Kansas City to win.

Totals betting

Totals—or over/under—betting is probably the simplest way to place a wager. The oddsmaker puts up a total score, and you lay down the stakes as to whether the total number of points scored by both sides during the game will be more or less than the posted score.

Prop wagers

You aren’t just limited to betting on the outcome of a game. There are numerous results you can lay down a wager on. NFL betting trends include prop wagers—also known as side bets. These side bets include who’ll be the MVP of a particular matchup, how many points a specific player will score, which team will rush for the most yards, and a slew of other incidental wagers you can place to make the game even more exciting.

Live betting

Once the game has kicked off, you can place several bets in real time. Many bookmakers will allow you to bet on specific quarters, halves, or individual drives while the game progresses. Many side bets you can place before the game are available during game play, but the odds will shift continuously as the game progresses.
Keep in mind that once you lay down a live bet, you’re locked into the odds as they were at the time of your wager. Increasing or decreasing odds won’t affect the payout of a bet that you’ve already made.

Futures betting

Futures betting looks beyond the outcome of the most current game. Common futures bets include which two teams will make it to the Superbowl, the season’s scoring stats for a player or a team, and even which team will win the championship game that year.
Once you place a futures wager, you’re locked into the odds applicable when you made the bet. Percentages for betting on NFL games shift from week-to-week, as teams win or lose—increasing or reducing their odds throughout the season. The fluctuating numbers make futures betting interesting for anyone who’s placed a bet, especially when you bet on a long shot at the beginning of the season and their performance throughout the year improves their chances of winning your bet.

History of the NFL

The NFL was established in Canton, Ohio in 1920 as the American Professional Football Association (AFPA). The organization changed its name to the National Football League in 1922. Today, we simply refer to it as the NFL. As a new organization—with only 18 teams at the time—the league underwent a period of adjustment and selected the annual champion based on the team that performed the best that year. It continued this way until the league adopted formal rules establishing annual championship games in 1933.

In 1950, the NFL absorbed its competitor league, the All-America Football Conference. They expanded further in 1960 when the NFL merged with the American Football League and expanded to 32 teams that year.

In 1960, the NFL dubbed the championship game “The Superbowl,” and it became the most anticipated sporting event in the United States and the most watched annual event on television.
With football’s rise in popularity, it stood to reason that betting would also become more prevalent. Sports betting outside of horseracing was illegal all across the U.S. until Nevada legalized gambling in 1931—with the strictest of regulations and a substantial gaming tax. In 1970, Congress reduced the gaming tax from 10% to 2%, and more states began to legalize sports betting. Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 1992 to prevent betting on sports, except in select states. The Supreme Court overturned the act in 2018, which allowed any state to legalize the practice that wished to do so.

Several vetted, legitimate online betting venues, such as DraftKings, operate within American legal guidelines and only offer the ability to wager within states where sports betting is legal.

NFL Betting FAQs

The NFL betting season runs usually all year round with the help of Future bets that are constantly changing throughout the year. However, to place more traditional bets during the NFL season, its important to know that you can bet during the NFL preseason, the regular season, the Pro Bowl, Playoffs and of course, the coveted Super Bowl.

Officially, the first game of the season starts on September 7th, 2023, as the Detroit Lions visit to the reigning Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs for a Thursday Night Kickoff. The game is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. EST, and will be featured on NBC.

There are various bets to make in the NFL, here is a breakdown of your options:

Points Spread

Point spread betting is when you bet on how many points a team will lose or win by. Point spread betting is usually popular when wagering on the NFL, NBA or other similar sports with high scoring matches. College Football and College Basketball are also good options for point spread betting.


Totals, also called over/under bets, are simple to understand when compared to point spreads and are basically the amount of points scored in the game by both teams combined. These over/under bets extends to overtime, so if you chose the over on a game and it went to extra time, you should be a happy camper.

Parlays and Teasers

An teaser bet in the NFL is similar to a parlay in that you add multiple teams (legs) that must all win for the bet to pay out. The biggest difference between teasers and parlays is that a teaser permits you to shift the lines 6, 6.5 or 7 points in a direction that lowers risk. These NFL teasers point shifting are unique to football as the NBA also offers teasers but with different point shifts.

Live NFL Betting

Live betting permits you to bet while the game is currently being played. Especially popular with NFL bettors, live wagering gives you the chance to take advantage of live odds while you’re watching any game of the season, including preseason, weekly NFL games, playoffs or even the Super Bowl.

NFL Props Betting

Also known as proposition bets, a prop bet is a side wager on sections of an event that may have nothing to do with the final outcome. Examples of popular prop bets range from picking the first player to record a touchdown in an NFL game to the length of the national anthem at the Super Bowl at the end of the season.

NFL Futures Betting

A futures bet is a single wager placed on a future event that won’t be decided right away. With NFL futures betting, you can bet on who will win each of the SuperBowl, the two NFL conferences and each of the six divisions. You can also bet on a future bet on an NFL athlete, such as the offensive or defensive player of the year.

It really all depends on the type of player you are and how much you choose to deposit. Players who deposit large amounts at JazzSports usually get higher limits to bet on.

It also depends a lot on the type of bets you are wanting to place. For example, a straight wager has a much different betting amount than a prop bet or a futures bet.

Talk with our customer service team and they’ll find the right package of betting limits for you.