- Houston Texans +10 (underdog)
- Kansas City Chiefs -10 (favorite)
The points difference is determined by the strength of each team. With a spread of 10 points, the perceived difference in quality between the teams in this example is vast.
The question you need to ask as a bettor is whether the Chiefs are actually ten points better. Or can you see the Texans putting up a fight, maybe losing, but not being disgraced?
If you go the way of the Chiefs when placing your bet, the Chiefs must win by a margin greater than ten points for your wager to be successful.
If instead, you bet on the Texans to beat the spread, the Texans must either avoid a defeat of more than ten points or, win the game outright, for your wager to be successful.
If the Texans lose by a nine-point margin, for example, they've beaten the spread as they've not beaten by more than ten points, which, of course, would mean the Chiefs have beat the spread.
Come to the end of the game, if the points difference between the two teams is exactly ten points, no team has beat the spread. As there is no clear winner, the bet is declared a 'push' and your stake is returned.