NFL Betting Odds

Online sports betting is expected in Ohio, but not live as of yet. This page will be updated with the latest news, odds and promos once Ohio sportsbooks are live. 

The popularity of NFL odds will spike as legal sports betting becomes a reality in the Buckeye State, and sportsbooks will be on standby with plenty of NFL betting odds to pick from. Below find the latest NFL odds for this week’s games direct from legal Ohio sportsbooks.

This week’s NFL odds: Moneylines, spreads, totals

The main NFL listings at online sportsbooks will show each game in order by start time, along with the odds for a trio or bets: moneylines, spreads and totals. All three are among the main points of discussion in the run-up to games.

Super Bowl odds

The Super Bowl comes around just once a year, but you don’t have to wait for the big game matchup to be official to get into some Super Bowl betting action. The NFL futures market will have odds nearly year-round on which team will win the next Lombardi Trophy.

NFL MVP odds

Another way to gain some season-long rooting interest is by making your call on which player will win the NFL MVP award. This is another futures option that stays very active once the odds come out. You’ll find odds for all of the players who have at least a realistic shot at taking it down.

NFL player props

Another option in NFL betting circles are player props. It’s essentially where sports betting and fantasy sports meet up. You get to place your bets on projections for the game’s biggest players before kicking back to enjoy the action and seeing how they do. If you find side wagers intriguing, prop betting could be for you.

Best sportsbooks for NFL betting

When examining the best sports betting sites in Ohio, three names to pay attention to are: DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook and BetMGM Sportsbook. All three attract lots of action, so they’re obviously giving customers what they want. However, that doesn’t mean they’re infallible. Here are some pros and cons for each:

SportsbookPositivesNegatives
DraftKings OhioSlick platform; great for live betting.Playthrough requirements aren’t always clear.
FanDuel OhioVery user-friendly; same-game parlays.Could use more regular ongoing promos.
BetMGM OhioOngoing promotions; clean listing of available props.Odds aren’t always competitive with the overall market.

Cincinnati Bengals odds

While it’s good to know how the market as a whole is shaping up for upcoming NFL games, sometimes you just want to focus on what the sports betting odds look like for your favorite team. Cincinnati fans can quickly do so on our dedicated team page, which covers key topics for betting on the Bengals and more on this week’s Bengals odds.

Bengals player prop odds

The Bengals’ offense could be ready to achieve liftoff this season. Joe Burrow is due back to lead the way for a talented supporting cast. As you get set for the game, be sure to take the time to explore all of the available props. There’s a good chance that you’ll find something that’ll give you some extra rooting interest.

Cleveland Browns odds

After years of trying the patience of even the most devoted fans, Cleveland has returned to relevancy. The team is moving into the realm of must-see TV, and you can expect each of its games to draw interest from bettors. Our Browns page can get you up to speed, with all of the ins and outs of betting on the team.

Browns player prop odds

The Browns have the pieces in place to be one of the top offenses in the league. That should translate into lots of points and yardage, so games should be entertaining. Sportsbooks will be ready with various Browns game odds & prop bets to consider each time the team get set to take the field.

How NFL betting odds work

When you click on the NFL link at an online sportsbook, you’ll see a listing of all of the upcoming games in order by start time. The main listings feature the odds for the big three pregame bets: spreads, moneylines and totals.

 SpreadMoneylineTotal
Cincinnati Bengals+4.5 (-110)+180Over 51.5 (-110)
Cleveland Browns-4.5 (-110)-220Under 51.5 (-110)

As you read the numbers for the two team names, remember the following.

  • Negative spreads and moneylines indicate the favored side.
  • Positive spreads and moneylines are for underdogs.
  • Spreads and totals have two components: the line and the odds for placing the bet.

For our example, the Browns are 4.5-point favorites on the spread and favored on the moneyline in a game with a total line of 51.5 points. Learning how to read moneyline odds should be your first stop as you get set for betting on the NFL.

You’ll immediately gain a sense of the matchup through the eyes of the oddsmakers. From there, you can research the game with that in mind as you draw your own conclusions on what may happen.

The odds also have a direct relation to how much you can expect back on winning bets. For a simple ballpark estimate, negative odds numbers equal how much you have to bet to win $100. Positive odds are equal to how much you’d get back for a $100 winner.

You’d have to bet $220 on the Browns moneyline at odds of -220 to win $100, while a $100 bet on the Bengals moneyline at +180 would return $180. NFL odds can seem confusing at first glance, but a little bit of seasoning will get you up to speed quickly.

Finding the best NFL lines

If you spend enough time in NFL betting circles, you’ll hear chatter about which sportsbooks have the best lines. While there are some books that are more efficient than others, the key takeaway is that you have to shop around to find the best numbers.

NFL odds come out early in the week. Then bets start coming in. This continues right up until game time. There will be movement in the  NFL betting lines and odds as a result, either as a response to betting action or due to other developments.

For betting action, sportsbooks do their best to not be lopsided on a game. If that happens, they’ll tweak the numbers in a bid to level out the action. They may continue to do so until they find the sweet spot that brings in relatively even action.

As for other developments, there could be an injury to a key player, a change in the weather forecast or some other piece of news that could potentially impact the contest. Sportsbooks and the betting public will react to developments, and lines can shift because of that.

The lines can also vary at one sportsbook in comparison to another. For example, one book may have the Browns as -130 on the moneyline, but everywhere else you look has them at -140. Line shopping is the best way to find these differences.

Since you’ll get a better potential return at -130, it makes the most sense to place your bet at the book with the more favorable lines. To that end, having accounts with multiple sportsbooks can be helpful, as it lets you jump on the best numbers.

If you’re looking to bet on the NFL, you should always take the time to shop around and compare the lines. You may only find some small ticks of difference, but those seemingly small amounts can add up to a lot over the course of a season.