0

# What is a football spread?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Wiki User

15y ago

Best Answer

The point spread is the number of points one team in a game is expected to win or lose by. When looking at point spreads, one team for each game will have a negative or positive number next to it; if the number is negative, the team is expected to win by that many points, so when tallying the final score, you would subtract that number. Conversely, if the number next to a team is positive, they are given that many points to their final score. This makes betting with point spreads nearly a 50/50 game.

Wiki User

16y ago
This answer is:
More answers

Wiki User

15y ago

Point spreads explained

Point spread betting is the most common form of NFL football betting. The spread is the estimated difference in points between the favorite and the underdog in any particular NFL game. The point spread basically adjusts the final score to reflect the relative difference between the two teams playing in an odds format.

HOW YOU CAN READ THE POINT SPREAD?

When looking at point spread boards, the home team is usually listed at the bottom of the two teams playing. The favored team will be shown with a minus sign (Jets-7). This means the Jets will be 'laying off' 7 points to the underdog. A bettor on the Jets will only collect if the Jets win by more than 7 points. A wager on the underdog, in this case the Jacksonville Jaguars, would be a winner if the Jags win the game by any score, or they lose the game by less than 7 points. If the game finishes at exactly the difference of the point spread, in this

case the 7 points, a push is the result, and the bettors of both sides of the wager equation are refunded their stake.

CAN THE POINT SPREADS CHANGE?

The spread may vary considerably, either up or down after you make your wager. Heavy betting on either team in your 'game bet' may disproportionately favor one team or the other. Injuries and late weather forecasts can also askew the spread. However, the spread you received on your 'ticket' holds firm.

HOW SHOULD I MAKE YOU FIRST POINT SPREAD BETS?

If you are new to the 'game', don't dive in, go slow and easy. Get really comfortable with your betting service. Be aware of the reliability of the 'book'. Be sure of their repayment technique regarding timing and any costs involved. Deposit only what you consider a workable stake. When you are ready to go, make a few 'paper' bets first to satisfy you that your have the technique down. When you are ready to go 'real', take your time, do your research diligently, bet with your head…not your heart and most of all have fun!

This answer is:

Wiki User

10y ago

The Seattle Seahawks played the New Orleans Saints. If you wanted to bet on this game you couldn't just bet the Seahawks will win, because the Seahawks were good this year and the Saints were not. Everyone knows the Seahawks were going to stomp the Saints into the ground.

How you bet on the game is, the oddsmakers decide how many points they think the Seahawks will win by. This is the spread - the difference between the two scores. You can bet two ways - the Seahawks will win by a wider margin (this is called beating the spread), or a lesser margin.

This answer is:

Wiki User

12y ago

Point spread is a term used in gambling, not a particular Basketball term.

This answer is:

Wiki User

11y ago

A homophobic racist person, otherwisely known as your mum!

This answer is:

Wiki User

9y ago

47.5

This answer is:

## Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: What is a football spread?
Write your answer...
Submit
Still have questions?
Related questions

### How did Football spread?

Football spread by merchant and other traveler and trust me their were many travelers and merchant back then that wondered through many countries including sailers.

a spread offense

13

Ohio State

### What is the spread on the Utah- SanDiego football game?

Utah is favored by 30 points.

### What does the math term spread mean?

When using the math term, spread, it means the distance between two numbers. For example, if a football score ends with a score of 25 to 17, the spread is 8.

### How did Maniac's fame spread all over the east end?

i read that book it was quite good. his fame spread when he caught the football when he undid the knot and when he won the race

### On what components of a football game can one place football spread betting?

Spread betting allows one to place a bet on such aspects as the number of total goals, the aggregate of the goal scorers shirt numbers, the number of corner kicks taken or even the timing of the goals.

### Who invented the spread offense in football?

The Run and Shoot is the oldest form of todays spread offense. Ron Waller used the Run and Shoot offense with the World Football League (WFL) Philadelphia Bell in 1974 before Mouse Davis started coaching at Portland State in 1975.

### When does midget football start?

It started in Spain as a gambling sport but spread to new countries including the united states.

### Where can you learn to play football in mumbai?

You can learn to play football at Shivaji Park, Dadar. There are many coaches to train you in football. There are many other locations as well spread across Mumbai, visit list sites like FindURClass.com to know the list in detail

### What do the football abbreviations ATS and SU mean?

ATS is a gambling term meaning against the spread. In football this is how many times that team won against the point spread where NE could be 16-0 on the season but 10-6 ATS. IDK what SU means though, glad I could answer part 1 to your question.