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Super Bowl 2022: How To Read NFL Odds

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By The Capital Sports Report Staff

The ability to read and understand odds is unquestionably the most significant and fundamental element of Super Bowl betting as odds convey to any wager. This helps bettors know how much money they stand to gain if their wager is successful.

The bettor’s grasp of odds and bets determines the difference between placing an informed wager and an uninformed wager when gambling on the Super Bowl. Because money is on the line, it goes without saying that understanding and reading NFL odds is necessary to make money from NFL betting.

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Fortunately, this simple explanation of how to read the odds may provide clarity for inexperienced individuals.

How to Read NFL Odds

Odds are the primary language sportsbooks use to communicate the probable payment on a particular wager. Although there are numerous different ways to wager on the NFL, the odds are expressed in the same way regardless of the wager type.

In the United States, odds are most commonly written in a format known as “Moneyline” odds (sometimes known as “American” odds) unless otherwise stated. The positive (+) and negative (-) marks, which signify the underdog and the favorite, respectively, distinguish this system from others.

The most crucial type of info for any wager to know is that the negative sign equals the amount of money a gambler must invest to win one hundred dollars. For similar reasons, the positive sign indicates that a $100 gamble can result in a payoff of $1,000. You can’t get much more straightforward and fundamental than that.

The Different Types of Bets and What the Odds Mean

According to the stated above, before digging into the various ways to wager on the NFL, we must understand how to interpret odds and what they represent. Assuming we’ve successfully made it across the bridge, it’s time to look at how those odds are applied to different types of wagers.

While there are other methods to wager on the NFL, we will concentrate on the more traditional wagering options, including point spreads, totals, moneylines, and more in this article.

Spread Betting

Spread betting is among the NFL’s most prevalent and well-known wagering methods. Spread betting is the act of placing a bet on the outcome of a sporting event’s point spread. The “line” that bookmakers establish as the number of points they predict the favorite side will win by is known as a point spread for those who are unfamiliar with the term.

For a wager on the favorite team to win, the team must win by more points than the point spread that has been set (this is alluded to as “covering the spread” in the betting business). Those who bet on the underdog and wish to win must have their team either win the game altogether or fail by a margin less than the point spread to be victorious.


Totals bets are often known as “Over/Under.” The odds on these bets are based on whether the game’s total score will be greater or less than a certain sum specified by the bookmaker.

Consider the following scenario: the Lions and Packers are tied at 48. If you choose “Over,” you are making a bet that the final score will be higher than 48. In contrast, if you choose the “Under,” you are betting that the final score will be less than 48 points.


When a gambler’s selected team wins a game on the road, Moneyline odds guarantee a percentage payout. The Super Bowl’s Moneyline Odds for a favorite are marked by the symbol”-,” as in (-200). Moneylines for underdogs are denoted by the symbol “+,” as in (+350 for an ML).

For example, (-200) Super Bowl odds indicate that the house will pay out $100 for every $200 wagered on a team that wins the game. (-500) odds indicate that a $100 payout will be made for every $500 wagered at the betting book.

If the underdog team wins the Super Bowl, the Moneyline odds measure the amount of money given out on winning $100 wagers if the team pulls a surprise. In other words, (+350) odds equals a $350 payoff on a $100 bet, (+1000) odds equals a $1,000 payout on the same bet, and so on.


Parlays are wagers of two or more separate bets combined into a single stake. These wagers can be placed on a single game or spread across numerous games. In addition, they can incorporate a combination of moneylines, spreads, and totals bets, among other things. However, for a parlay to succeed, all of the wager’s legs must be successful. If even one stake fails to land, the entire wager is forfeited.

In terms of odds, each bet has its own set of probabilities. However, when all of the wagers are included on the same bet sheet, the odds of winning increase exponentially, and so do the possible winnings. As a result, while the odds of striking huge parlays (four or more bets) are generally low, even little wagers such as $10 or $20 can result in enormous payouts.


Regardless of the type of wager, it is critical to understand your possibilities of winning and the potential payouts you could receive. However, it is highly encouraged that you shop about and evaluate odds on all of your bets before placing them to receive the most significant value possible.

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