NFL Totals Betting Explained


One of the simplest ways to bet on football
is totals betting. You don’t need to pick one team versus the
other, you’re simply betting on the combined score of both teams at the end of the game. The sportsbook sets a total, and you bet whether
the final combined score will go over or under. Here’s an example from Super Bowl II: GREEN BAY PACKERS: 43 (-110) o
OAKLAND RAIDERS: 43 (–110) u The top line represents the over, while the
bottom represents the under, although the total is always the same on both lines. Here, betting a $110 would
win you a hundred. When the clock hit all zeros on that January
day in 1968, the Packers had beat the Raiders 33 to 14 for a total of 47. If you had bet the over, you and Packers MVP
QB Bart Starr would both have had something to celebrate that day.

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