Let's be honest; NFL football is awesome.
We watch our favorite teams for sixteen regular season games, and—if we're lucky—for a playoff game or four.
But what makes the NFL more exciting than any other professional sport is the fact that it's the league that draws the highest percentage of betting money.
Just think about how prevalent gambling on football has become: point spreads are listed in the morning paper, sports radio personalities routinely pick games against the spread and Chris Berman's famous "Two Minute Drill" has the favorites flagged on-screen when he makes predictions about the final scores.
Whether you're a professional sports bettor picking every game on the board, or an amateur throwing a few bucks on your favorite team once in a while, betting on the NFL is as responsible for the popularity of the sport as the players on the field are.
Now that gambling is less of a social stigma, it's okay for me to write about underdogs who have the best chance of winning. And in this case, the term "winning" doesn't apply to the team that scores the most points in a particular game.
To a bettor, the term "winning" has a different meaning. And if you're reading this article, you know what I mean.
Because covering the spread can sometimes be more important than winning outright, here are this week's underdogs and whether it's fact or fiction that they'll cover the spread...
(All lines are courtesy of the Las Vegas Hilton at the time of this article's publication.)