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Super Bowl LVII Odds: Chiefs favorite over Bills for first time in the 2022 NFL season
Super Bowl LVII Odds: Chiefs favorite over Bills for first time in the 2022 NFL season
For most of the 2022 NFL season, the more things changed, the more they stayed the same. Teams were moving up and down the Super Bowl LVII odds board, but one constant had been the Buffalo Bills at the top. With Josh Allen hurting and the Buffalo Bills struggling to a degree, the Kansas City Chiefs moved to the +400 favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook after Week 12 action.
Author(s): Adam Burke. Photo by USA TODAY Sports
Standings for Circa Friday Football Invitational
Standings for Circa Friday Football Invitational
On Friday nights in the fall for more than a decade, football bettors would crowd a small, smoky sportsbook on the Strip to see two handicappers go head to head in a $10,000 winner-take-all contest. The contestants’ names were lit up outside on the marquee, adding an element of prestige to being a part of the Stardust Invitational.
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Monday Night Football: Steelers upset Colts to wrap up NFL Week 12
Monday Night Football: Steelers upset Colts to wrap up NFL Week 12
The Pittsburgh Steelers upset the Indianapolis Colts 24-17 on Monday Night Football as 2.5-point road underdogs and +120 on the money line to wrap up NFL Week 12. The Steelers settled for a 45-yard FG by Matthew Wright on the opening drive of the game and added another Wright FG and a 6-yard TD run by Najee Harris for a 13-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Indy’s Chase McLaughlin and Wright exchanged FGs as the Steelers led 16-3 at halftime to cash as 1-point first-half dogs and +112 on the first-half money line. It stayed just Under the first-half total of 19.5 points. %%RelatedNews%% The Colts rallied after intermission with a 2-yard TD run by Jonathan Taylor and a 6-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan to Michael Pittman Jr. for a 17-16 lead at the end of the third quarter. However, Benny Snell’s 2-yard TD run with 9:55 left gave the Steelers a 22-17 lead and Kenny Pickett’s 2-point conversion pass to George Pickens moved the lead to 24-17 and put the game Over the closing betting total of 39.5 points. The Colts did win the second-half 14-8 as 3-point, 2H favorites as it went Over the second-half total of 19.5. On the full schedule of Thanksgiving Weekend, favorites went 10-4 SU and 7-7 ATS in Week 12 with two games closing pick-’em (Broncos-Panthers and Bengals-Titans). Home teams dominated at 11-5 SU and 12-4 ATS despite the Colts’ loss on Monday night. Over/Unders split 8-8 while primetime Overs swept 3-0. On the season, faves still lead 109-66-1 SU with 4 PKs, but dogs improved to 95-75-6 ATS (55.9%) with the Steelers’ upset. Home teams dipped to 96-77-1 SU with 6 neutral-site games but saw their slim lead dip to 86-82-6 ATS (51.2%). Unders lead 100-78-2 (56.2%) while primetime Unders dipped to 19-17-1 (52.8%).  
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NFL Odds, Lines, Spreads, Moneylines, and the Growth of NFL Betting

With the introduction of online betting, wagering on NFL games has only grown in popularity. Football betting with apps or on the web makes putting down stakes easier than ever, adding to the anticipation of watching your favorite team play.

Betting in the NFL Regular Season

The DraftKings Sportsbook app makes placing a bet on a football game super easy. The platform provides you with a virtual bet slip; you just add the games you want to place a wager on. Once you make a betting pick, the platform shows you all the types of bets you can make for your selections, the odds, and betting spreads for NFL games. Once you've made your picks and put down an amount to stake, a handy "Place Bets" button lets you finalize your wager.

With sports betting on NFL games, people typically bet on the results of upcoming games—namely, who will win and who will lose. But you can make wagers on outcomes beyond the winner and the loser, such as the number of total rushing yards or which team will get the most sacks. While we share the basics here, check out our guide on how to bet on football for a more in-depth explanation.

Types of Bets

When betting on NFL games, moneylines, totals (over/under), and spreads are the most popular methods for laying a wager on a football game.

Spread betting

A spread looks similar to this:

Team Spread Moneyline
New England -14.5 -120
Kansas City +14.5 +150

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:

Team Spread Moneyline
New England @ Kansas City New 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.

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