We took a survey of our football-fan readers to find out who they like, where they watch, what they love to eat and more during the big games!

Know More about the Game

You asked for it, you got it!  Many of those surveyed asked us to help them better understand the game.  Here are a few basics to get you started on your way to knowing more about football.

When betting…

What are odds?  This means what are the chances one team will beat the other.  It is stated in numbers and money is paid out based on these numbers (if the odds are 2-1 that a team will win you will win 1 dollar for every 2 dollars you bet, if you bet $2 you will end up with $3).  The larger the odds, the less likely a team will win, but more money is paid if they “beat the odds”.

What is a “point Spread”?  This is the number of points one team is expected to get more than the other.  If there is a point spread when you bet, the winning team needs to cover the spread in order for you to win money.  For example if the point spread is 3 points, the favored team must win by more than 3 points in order for you to win money.

What is Parlay? A parlay is a bet where you pick from 2-8 teams or totals to win in order to receive a larger payout for risking less money. For a parlay to be considered a winner all teams must win. You can mix different sports into your parlays and even create parlays from one game.

When Watching…

How can a team score?

Touchdown:  A team can score the most points (6) by scoring a touchdown.  This means moving the ball over the other team’s goal line to the end zone by either running or passing.

Extra Points:  When a team scores a touchdown, they have the chance to add points.  They can get 1 point by kicking the ball through the goal posts and 2 points by running or passing the ball over the goal line again.

Field Goal:  If a team gets close to the goal but doesn’t think they can score the touchdown, they can kick a field goal.  This is kicking the ball through the goal posts.  This is worth 3 points.

Safety:  This happens if the defense tackles a member of the other team in their own end zone.  This is worth 2 points.

What are a few common penalties?

Holding:  When a player from one team grabs part of the jersey of someone from the other team.

Clipping:  This is when one player blocks another below the waist.

False start:  When a player on the offense flinches or moves before the ball is snapped.  It is also called “off sides”.

Face mask:  When one player grabs the face mask of another player.