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NFL best bets for Week 14 from Wes Reynolds
2:42 PM · Dec 09, 2023
NFL best bets for Week 14 from Wes Reynolds
Wes Reynolds is on VSiN Tonight (9 p.m.-12 a.m. ET / 6-9 p.m. PT) and will be posting his weekly college football and NFL best bets for us. He is also one of the hosts of our Long Shots golf betting podcast. He also writes weekly golf previews.
Author(s): Wes Reynolds. Photo by IMAGN
NFL best bets for Week 14 from Steve Makinen
12:10 AM · Dec 09, 2023
NFL best bets for Week 14 from Steve Makinen
Had another solid result this past weekend in the NFL, going 5-3 to up my season-long Best Bets record to 54-36-1 ATS, and back up to 60%. The crazy thing is that I felt it could have been even better as two highly disappointing losses in the early games took some of the shine off the overall performance.
Author(s): Steve Makinen. Photo by IMAGN
College football bowl games 2023: Opt-outs, transfer portal, and coaching changes
11:32 PM · Dec 08, 2023
College football bowl games 2023: Opt-outs, transfer portal, and coaching changes
College football free agency has completely changed the landscape when it comes to bowl season. Thousands of players hit the transfer portal looking for a fresh start or a better opportunity, especially when it comes to trying to make it to the NFL.
Author(s): Adam Burke. Photo by IMAGN
NFL RedZone Week 14 Picks on DraftKings Sportsbook
8:18 PM · Dec 08, 2023
NFL RedZone Week 14 Picks on DraftKings Sportsbook
Check out NFL RedZone’s featured Same Game Parlay (SGP) pick on DraftKings Sportsbook for Sunday Night Football!
Author(s): DK.Network.Editors. Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images
NFL Week 14 Best Bets: Odds, Predictions to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook
6:14 PM · Dec 08, 2023
NFL Week 14 Best Bets: Odds, Predictions to Consider on DraftKings Sportsbook
We’re getting to crunch time here in the NFL regular season. Aside from the Army/Navy game, college football is on break until the bowl games go off at the end of the month, so I have extra time to work on the NFL card this week. That said, I think more is less in NFL right now, leaving me with my eye on two games. Here’s what I like for bets available on DraftKings Sportsbook this week.
Author(s): Julian Edlow. Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
NFL Parlay Best Bets Today: The Dan Patrick Show NFL Parlay Picks on DraftKings Sportsbook for Week 14
5:28 PM · Dec 08, 2023
NFL Parlay Best Bets Today: The Dan Patrick Show NFL Parlay Picks on DraftKings Sportsbook for Week 14
The Dan Patrick Show gives their top Parlay Bet on DraftKings Sportsbook for this week’s NFL betting card.
Author(s): DK.Network.Editors. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

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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