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The multi-billion dollar industry that is today’s NFL, the sport that takes over America every Sunday, was born in the showroom of Ralph Hay’s Canton, Ohio car dealership. Up until that day, pro football was a wild west of independent teams that drove salaries out of control as they poached players from rivals, causing all to fall into a state of financial disrepair. This couldn’t go on if professional football was to survive, let alone thrive, so Hay got together with the owners of three other Ohio-based pro clubs and drew up a blueprint. [+]

The bluepirnt was similar to what the MLB had going with the American and National Leagues.

On Sept. 17, 1920, the owners of 11 other teams from cities in Illinois, Indiana and New York, joined three Ohio owners – Masillon, Ohio opted out at the last minute – to form the Amercian Professional Football Association.

So crowded was that original meeting in Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership that the owners, including such football legends as Jim Thorpe and George Halas, were left to sit on the running boards of the cars that were on sale.

They grabbed cold beers from a tub in the middle of the showroom and drew up a schedule for that first season. You wouldn’t have recognized many of the team names. Only the Decatur Staleys – today’s Chicago Bears – and the Chicago Cardinals, forerunners to the Arizona Cardinals, have stood the test of time and remained as NFL franchises to this day.

Thorpe, an Olympian and former New York Yankee often billed as the world’s greatest athlete, was chosen as president of the league and as an active player for the Canton Bulldos, was the only playing-president in the history of what would become the NFL.

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So crowded was that original meeting in Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership that the owners, including such football legends as Jim Thorpe and George Halas, were left to sit on the running boards of the cars that were on sale. [+]

They grabbed cold beers from a tub in the middle of the showroom and drew up a schedule for that first season. You wouldn’t have recognized many of the team names. Only the Decatur Staleys – today’s Chicago Bears – and the Chicago Cardinals, forerunners to the Arizona Cardinals, have stood the test of time and remained as NFL franchises to this day.

Thorpe, an Olympian and former New York Yankee often billed as the world’s greatest athlete, was chosen as president of the league and as an active player for the Canton Bulldos, was the only playing-president in the history of what would become the NFL.

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Patriots 18:30 Atlanta Falcons -145 +140 Odds

NFL Standings Right Now

Have a look below to reference the NFL standings and find the prospective bets that suit you best. Will it be moneyline, over/under, the spread or does a prop bet tickle your fancy? 

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1 New England Patriots New England Patriots 16 14 2 441 250 0.875
2 Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys 16 13 3 421 306 0.813
3 Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs 16 12 4 389 311 0.750
4 Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders 16 12 4 416 385 0.750
5 Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons 16 11 5 540 406 0.688
6 New York Giants New York Giants 16 11 5 310 284 0.688
7 Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers 16 11 5 399 327 0.688
8 Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers 16 10 6 432 388 0.625
9 Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins 16 10 6 363 380 0.625
10 Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks 16 10 5 354 292 0.625
11 Denver Broncos Denver Broncos 16 9 7 333 297 0.563
12 Detroit Lions Detroit Lions 16 9 7 346 358 0.563
13 Houston Texans Houston Texans 16 9 7 279 328 0.563
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 9 7 354 369 0.563
15 Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans 16 9 7 381 378 0.563
16 Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens 16 8 8 343 321 0.500
17 Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts 16 8 8 411 392 0.500
18 Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings 16 8 8 327 307 0.500
19 Washington Redskins Washington Redskins 16 8 7 396 383 0.500
20 Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals 16 7 8 418 362 0.438
21 Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills 16 7 9 399 378 0.438
22 New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints 16 7 9 469 454 0.438
23 Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles 16 7 9 367 331 0.438
24 Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers 16 6 10 369 402 0.375
25 Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals 16 6 9 325 315 0.375
26 New York Jets New York Jets 16 5 11 275 409 0.313
27 San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers 16 5 11 410 423 0.313
28 Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams 16 4 12 224 394 0.250
29 Chicago Bears Chicago Bears 16 3 13 279 399 0.188
30 Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars 16 3 13 318 400 0.188
31 San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers 16 2 14 309 480 0.125
32 Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns 16 1 15 264 452 0.063

How To Win At NFL Betting

When you talk about betting on NFL games, there are generally three prominent forms of wagers that are most commonly played – the spread, the moneyline and the total.

Point spreads are the main football bet. You might see this listing – New York Jets -6 MIAMI DOLPHINS. What this simply means is that the Jets are predicted to beat the Dolphins by more than six points in their upcoming game.

Miami is capitalized to indicate that the Dolphins are the home team. If you bet the Jets, they must win by at least seven points in order to cash. For Miami to pay off if you were to wager on the Dolphins, they’d need to lose by less than six points or win the game outright.

A moneyline offering a straight bet on the same game would be based on a wager of $100 and would look something like this – New York Jets (-125) at Miami Dolphins (+140). In this scenario, you’d need to wager $125 to win $100 on the Jets but a $100 bet on the Dolphins would return $140. All you’d need to cash would be for the team you bet to win the game.

A total looks like this – New York Jets 50 Miami Dolphins. It merely means that a sportsbook is predicting that the two teams will combine for 50 points in the game. To bet the total, or the over/under as it’s also called, you bet the under if you think the points total for the game will be less than 50 and you bet the over if you believe the teams will combine for more than 50 points.

Another popular football bet is wagering on the futures market. Almost immediately after the conclusion of the Super Bowl, sportsbooks will list the future odds for the next season’s Super Bowl. From that day forward, you can wager on any team that you think will win the next Super Bowl and the earlier you make the wager, the likelihood is that the odds you will get are greater.

For example, on Feb. 5, 2016, one sportsbook listed the New England Patriots as Super Bowl 51 favorites at +700. The longshots on the board were the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at +10,000.

In other words a $100 bet on the Patriots to win the Super Bowl would return $700, while the same bet on the Browns, Buccanneers or 49ers would return $10,000. Of course to cash, they have to win the big game.