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Denver biggest NFL fave in history

NFL bettors have been predicting the biggest point spread in history when the winless Jaguars face the unbeaten Broncos, and it came true this week.

Denver opened as 28-point favorites against Jacksonville, less than a day after they escaped with a thrilling 51-48 win at Dallas.

(Editor's note: Chad Millman of ESPN has opined that a spread in 1966 between the Baltimore Colts and expansion Atlanta Falcons was also 28 points. The OddsShark.com database goes to 1980 and we know there were no point spreads as high as 28 in the decade between the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 and 1980).

The biggest spread in the last three-plus decades was the closing 24-point number when the Patriots defeated the Eagles in 2007. The biggest road spread was the 49ers at -23.5 at Cincinnati in 1993.

The Jaguars have been terrible and slumped to 0-5 with a limp effort at St. Louis. Denver, meanwhile, rallied and controlled the clock late to beat Dallas in what was a huge decision for the sportsbooks. At Bovada, nearly 85 percent of the betting was on Denver to cover eight points.

Date Fave Dog Spread Score
Oct 13 2013 Broncos Jaguars -28 ?
Nov 25 2007 Patriots Eagles -24 31-28
Dec 5 1993 49ers Bengals -23.5 21-8
Dec 23 2007 Patriots Dolphins -22 28-7
Oct 13 1991 Bills Colts -20.5 42-6
Dec 19 1992 49ers Bucs -20.5 21-14
Dec 16 2007 Patriots Jets -20.5 20-10
Nov 11 2001 Rams Panthers -20 48-14
Dec 4 2011 Patriots Colts -20 31-24
Nov 1 1992 Bills Patriots -19.5 16-7
Nov 29 1998 Packers Eagles -19.5 24-16
Oct 24 1999 Rams Browns -19.5 34-3
Sep 29 2002 Eagles Texans -19.5 35-17