NFL fans: Explain "points spread" to me.

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AchillesHeel
10/11/07 1:38:02PM
So I'm looking at the Week 6 matchup between the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys, and the line looks like this:

New England -6½ (-105)
Dallas +6½ (-115)

I understand the -105 and -115 reflects the payout one would receive on a winning wager of 100, but I don't know what the -6½ and +6½ do. I assume this is the "points spread."
thepunisher
10/11/07 2:07:56PM
it means New England has to win by more then 7 to cover the spread

if the win by 6 and you picked them to win you lose
DCRage
10/11/07 2:11:20PM
And with round numbers, meaning for example if the line is 6.0 and the favored team wins by exactly 6, it's a Push, which for betting purposes means no win, no loss and you get your original bet back.

Edit: The team with the - number is the favorite, the team with the + number is the underdog.
tuvok500
10/11/07 2:11:22PM
and it's mean that if you pick dallas, and they lose the game by less than 7 pts, you win your bet.

it is almost like they are starting the game 7-0 dallas, witch is not legal, so you add the point at the end of the game instead.

without this kind of pts diffenrenttiel, the odd would be much higher for new england , like -300 pats and +320 for dallas .

AchillesHeel
10/11/07 2:34:02PM
Okay, that seems simple enough. Might be worth 10 bucks. Thanks!
loonytnt
10/11/07 2:34:47PM
cowboys going win so dont lets that get in your head
tuvok500
10/11/07 2:38:55PM

Posted by loonytnt

cowboys going win so dont lets that get in your head




go pats !!
babalu2720
10/11/07 5:28:02PM

Posted by loonytnt

cowboys going win so dont lets that get in your head



Pssh Romo gets picked off 5 times by Buffalo, Belichick will have something even better in store for Romo, offense will continue to click, Pats by 14
LightsOut33093
10/11/07 8:00:48PM

Posted by babalu2720


Posted by loonytnt

cowboys going win so dont lets that get in your head



Pssh Romo gets picked off 5 times by Buffalo, Belichick will have something even better in store for Romo, offense will continue to click, Pats by 14



14, if the cowboys get lucky, final score will be 14 dallas to the patriots scoring 34 or 38, like usual
hathcock32
10/11/07 8:07:22PM
Dallas has no chance againts the PAts.

35-21
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