There are many different types of bets that you can place on NFL games, such as straight bets, teaser bets, moneyline bets, prop bets, over/under scores, and others. For the purposes of our website, we focus on straight bets and teaser bets.
A type of bet where you pick one team against the spread (ATS), the number that is created by sportsbooks to show how much of a favorite or an underdog a team is in their particular game. The spread can also be called the “line” on a game.
Example Game 1: New England -2.5 home vs Green Bay
This means that New England is favored by 2.5 points in the game. If you bet on New England, they would need to win the game by 3 points or more in order to win the bet. If the line had New England +2.5, that means they would be considered underdogs in the game. In the second scenario, New England could lose the game by 2 points or less (or win the game outright) in order for you to win your bet.
This type of bet builds off of the concept of a straight bet, but there are a few differences. In a teaser you bet on 2 teams to win against the spread instead of just one. However, instead of taking the original spread or line you are able to adjust the line by a set amount of points of your choosing. Let’s take the example above and add in another game as well:
Example Lines (Original, before adding points):
Game 1: New England -2.5 home vs Green Bay
Game 2: Buffalo +3.5 away vs Dallas
Say in this scenario you decided to take New England and Buffalo in a teaser bet. This means both teams would need to cover their spread in order for you to win your bet. However, the advantage to the player is that we can now add extra points to each teams’ initial line. For this scenario it may make sense to take a 7-point teaser, which means you’d add 7 points to each teams’ original line:
Example Final Lines (After adding points):
Game 1: New England +4.5 home vs Green Bay
Game 2: Buffalo +10.5 away vs Dallas
You would still need New England and Buffalo to both cover to win your bet, but now you’ve essentially bought a touchdown of insurance (7 points = touchdown and extra point). This is where our name “The Final Line” comes from.