If you thought the 20-point spread between the Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3 was a massive pile of points, try wrapping your betting brain around the 26.5-point line for the Jacksonville-Denver game in Week 6.
Oddsmakers at the LVH Superbook in Las Vegas released their Week 6 lookahead lines Tuesday night, opening the Broncos as 26.5-point home chalk – possibly the largest spread in NFL history – in a battle between the NFL’s best and worst teams.
Jeff Sherman, assistant manager at the LVH Superbook in Las Vegas, posted on his Twitter account that it is largest spread the book has ever released.
Going back as far as 1985, the previous high was 24 points, which showed up twice in that span. The San Francisco 49ers were 24-point home favorites hosting the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14 of the 1993 season. They won but failed to cover in a 21-8 victory. The New England Patriots were the other 24-point chalk, hosting the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12 of the 2007 schedule. The Patriots won but fell way short of the spread, edging the Eagles 31-28.
The Seahawks defied recent trends by covering the 20-point spread versus Jacksonville, winning 45-17, in Week 3. Before that game, favorites of 20 points or more were just 1-8 ATS in the past 28 seasons. Seattle joined the 1991 Buffalo Bills, who beat the Indianapolis Colts 42-6 as a 20-point chalk in Week 7 of that season. However, favorites of more than 20 points - -20.5 to -24 - are a 0-7 ATS since 1985.
Early money has been on the underdog Jaguars in Week 6, dropping the LVH’s lookahead line to Denver -26. Back in May, Cantor Gaming in Nevada released early spreads on all NFL games Weeks 1 to 16, and had the Broncos set as what is now very modest 14-point favorites.
Denver is in Dallas as a 7.5-point favorite this Sunday while Jacksonville visits St. Louis as a 11.5-point underdog.