Welcome to the wild world of NFL live betting. If you’re not happy with the point spread, over/under or moneyline heading into a game – just wait a minute or two. The excitement of NFL live betting is a whole different ballgame.
The example we are going to use here is from Texans vs. Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round of the 2020 NFL playoffs – a game which saw Houston’s 24-point lead vanish with four quick Kansas City touchdowns in the second quarter.
These events took place over exactly one hour of real-time clock and just 10:58 of game action. The Texans vs. Chiefs live betting point spread alone changed more than 10 times during this span. These NFL live betting odds are courtesy of FanDuel.
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3:59 p.m. ET: The Texans, following a timeout, opted to kick a 31-yard field goal on 4th and 1. The successful attempt gave the Texans a 24-0 lead. Once 9.5-point underdogs, the Texans are now 9.5-point favorites according to the live betting odds.
The over/under, which was 50.5 prior to kickoff, is now 60.5.
On the moneyline, the Texans are -500. The Chiefs are +370. Remember this for later.
4:02 p.m. ET: After the Chiefs’ Mecole Hardman returned the ensuing kickoff for 58 yards, still ahead, 24-0, the point spread suddenly drops to Texans -7.5.
4:03 p.m. ET: With the Chiefs nearing the end zone, the point spread now falls to Texans -6.5. The over/under, before the Chiefs even score, spikes to 64.5.
4:04 p.m. ET: The Chiefs finally get on the scoreboard after quarterback Patrick Mahomes connects on a 17-yard touchdown pass to running back Damien Williams. The extra point is good, making it 24-7, Texans. In a matter of five minutes, the Chiefs went from +9.5 to +4.5. They are still down 17 points.
4:10 p.m. ET: On 4th and 4, the Texans send out the punt team. The point spread is Texans -5.5. The over/under is 65.5.
4:11 p.m. ET: Texans head coach Bill O’Brien decides to go for a fake punt, which comes up short. Oh no. The Texans are now down to -3.5.
4:13 p.m. ET: With the Chiefs driving down the field, the Texans, who were -9.5 just 14 minutes ago, are now +0.5. The over/under is up to 69.5.
4:14 p.m. ET: Mahomes connects on a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce. The Chiefs are now -1.5, with the over/under up to 71.5. The Texans still lead, 24-14.
4:21 p.m. ET: As the Chiefs are driving once again, the point spread continues to increase, with the Chiefs -3.5 to -4.5.
4:21 p.m. ET: The Chiefs score their third touchdown in 3:24 of game action. Mahomes and Kelce connect once again, this time for a six-yard touchdown pass. The line is now Chiefs -5.5. The over/under is 76.5. The score is 24-21, Texans.
4:32 p.m. ET: The Texans have officially collapsed. After a fumble, recovered by the Chiefs, Kansas City is now -7.5 as the two-minute warning hits.
4:40 p.m. ET: On 3rd and goal, before the Chiefs can even score their fourth touchdown of the second quarter, the Chiefs are now -10.5.
The Chiefs opened the game at -9.5. They were +9.5 just 41 minutes ago. Now, the Chiefs are -10.5.
4:45 p.m. ET: After the Chiefs take a 28-24 lead on another Mahomes to Kelce touchdown connection, there is some buyback on the Texans, dropping the line to 7.5. The over/under is up to 78.5.
4:48 p.m. ET: Following a 51-yard field goal miss by the Texans, the Chiefs take a 28-24 lead into the locker room.
At the half, the Chiefs are -7.5, the over/under is 78.5. On the moneyline, the Chiefs are -550, with the Texans +390.
4:54 p.m. ET: A few minutes into halftime, and NFL live betting odds don’t get a breather. The Chiefs are now up to -10.5, with the over/under still at 78.5. The Chiefs are now -800 on the moneyline and the Texans are +530.
4:59 p.m. ET: After a rollercoaster of an hour, the Chiefs end our NFL live betting experiment -10.5. The over/under remains at 78.5. On the moneyline, the Chiefs are -750 and the Texans +490.
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