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 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.

Oct 13 2013BroncosJaguars-28?
Nov 25 2007PatriotsEagles-2431-28
Dec 5 199349ersBengals-23.521-8
Dec 23 2007PatriotsDolphins-2228-7
Oct 13 1991BillsColts-20.542-6
Dec 19 199249ersBucs-20.521-14
Dec 16 2007PatriotsJets-20.520-10
Nov 11 2001RamsPanthers-2048-14
Dec 4 2011PatriotsColts-2031-24
Nov 1 1992BillsPatriots-19.516-7
Nov 29 1998PackersEagles-19.524-16
Oct 24 1999RamsBrowns-19.534-3
Sep 29 2002EaglesTexans-19.535-17