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Denver could be record-setting favorite against Jacksonville

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In two weeks, 4-0 Denver hosts winless Jacksonville.

From an oddsmaking perspective, it could be the biggest pro football mismatch of all-time.

According to R.J. Bell of, Jay Kornegay, the vice president of race and sports book operations at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, makes a Denver a 28-point favorite against Jacksonville.

In a press release Sunday night, Bell also said he talked to multiple oddsmakers about an early Jacksonville-Denver line for Week Six and the “consensus” was Denver would be a 28-point favorite at home.

This would be a mammoth point spread for a pro football game — the biggest ever, Bell said.

A 28-point spread would even exceed the gigantic number set for Philadelphia-New England in 2007. New England, which was on its way to a perfect regular season, was favored by 25, per records kept by Marc Lawrence’s Stat and Log Book. Also, Pittsburgh was a 24-point favorite against Tampa Bay in 1976, according to Las Vegas Sports Consultants, Inc.

The caveat here is we are still two weeks from Jacksonville’s meeting with Denver. An improved effort from Jacksonville at St. Louis in Week Five — or a poor effort by Denver at Dallas next Sunday — and perhaps the number never reaches 28.

However, it is clear that if both teams stay on their respective paths, this will be a huge point spread. Denver has outscored opponents 179-91 in four games. Jacksonville, by contrast, has been outscored by a 129-31 margin.

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46 Responses to “Denver could be record-setting favorite against Jacksonville”
  1. mianfr says: Sep 29, 2013 11:20 PM

    It’s probably worth noting that the Eagles almost beat the Patriots, probably giving them their second-toughest regular season matchup that year.

  2. onebucplace says: Sep 29, 2013 11:20 PM


    (What Would Biff Tannen Do?)

  3. elwaysagenius says: Sep 29, 2013 11:22 PM

    The historically great vs the historically awful, it should be record setting on the field too

  4. kayakattack says: Sep 29, 2013 11:27 PM

    Jags fans wish Del Rio was still there, at least they had some playoff teams

  5. norcal031 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:29 PM

    So you are saying we should all bet under?????

  6. kriswd40 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:30 PM

    It might not be as bad if Henne starts… it’ll still be bad, but not as bad. Don’t forget Blackmon’s suspension is up after 4 games too.

  7. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 29, 2013 11:36 PM

    This is a game of dreams for organized crime.

  8. siknutty says: Sep 29, 2013 11:41 PM

    The way Denver’s offense is playing, it’s very possible their 2nd string plays the entire second half..

    On another note, why doesn’t Jacksonville take a chance on tebow? Things can’t get much worse for them and at the least, he would sell seats.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:42 PM

    And I would still take Denver and the points, and maybe a backdoor cover on the over (probably 47).

  10. cheapseater says: Sep 29, 2013 11:43 PM

    Peyton beat us for years as a Colt. Mr. Manning, it would be our honor for you to rip us a new one – one last time.

  11. beanocook says: Sep 29, 2013 11:44 PM

    The Broncos should rest Peyton. No reason to risk injury.

    In fact, they should sit him til the playoffs.

    Safety first!

  12. rodh32340 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:44 PM

    Even if they get their WR back and MJD rushes for 200 in a loss to St. louis , it’s still going to be a huge line.

  13. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:46 PM

    I wouldn’t even play the starters if I’m denver. Not worth one getting hurt against a team I’m pretty sure would lose to many sec football teams.

  14. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:57 PM

    the jags are BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. ivanpavlov0000 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:05 AM

    You never know. Anything can happen on any given Sunday, but this game could get so ugly that it might even have low enough standards to date me.

  16. rajbais says: Sep 30, 2013 12:08 AM

    Why too much love for Jacksonville???

    28 point victory???

    Just that???

    Double that margin while you’re at it.

    Jacksonville will be going nowhere with what Gene Smith left them.

  17. jasonwitten0656 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:15 AM

    I cant wait to watch this blood bath…right after Denver destroys my boys…has there honestly been a scarier team?

  18. bennyb82 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:21 AM

    Cannot wait to see what Jerry Jones has to say about this.

  19. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Sep 30, 2013 12:29 AM

    Poor jags, seriously. Coach stickin with Gabbert, then having to face one of the best offenses ever with DC whos dying to get some payback. Usually I’d say “Any given Sunday” but Peytons been consistent to the point of not even looking challenged. Osweiler might have to play the whole 2nd half to keep Denver from reach 50+. But first Peyton has to go embarrass the cowgirls. Jerruh’s prolly gonna have a heart attack hahaha

  20. bauldrdash says: Sep 30, 2013 12:29 AM

    I’d like Denver to sign Tebow again for 1 game.
    Against Jacksonville.
    The Jags GM is an idiot.

  21. johnmaddenslovechild says: Sep 30, 2013 12:30 AM

    Imagine the one idiot in Vegas that bets on Jacksonville and Payton gets hurt and the jaguars take it by a field goal.. What does that pay out? Is it like winning the lottery?

  22. mcjon22 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:41 AM

    Seattle, Indy and Denver in a row?

    Jesus, who did Jacksonville piss off?

  23. paychrisjohnson28 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:11 AM

    Jaguars are sucking for who in the draft next year ?

    Copying the Suck for Luck format the Colts used, what can Goodell do to stop teams from attempting such things? You know the Colts did it… The former Browns GM Holmgren is angry he didn’t think of doing that when running the team he did…

  24. lanman11 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:19 AM

    Philly was a reasonably good team in 2007, as opposed to Jacksonville this year.

    I think the NFL needs to call off the season. It’s over. Denver has won the Superbowl. Time to start working on 2014.

    Can I get a pro-rated refund on my DirecTV subscription?

  25. 4thquartermagic says: Sep 30, 2013 1:25 AM

    Is it weird that I’m more amped for this Jaguars game then the Cowboys game?

  26. kingpel says: Sep 30, 2013 1:45 AM

    Set it at 30 and give me the Broncos.

  27. djdemonshell says: Sep 30, 2013 3:38 AM

    Final Score: Denver 75, Jax 3

  28. joetoronto says: Sep 30, 2013 3:59 AM

    What did horse face do and with who to get a schedule like that?

  29. chiroubles says: Sep 30, 2013 5:40 AM

    Please, for the love of God, don’t let any children watch this game….

  30. steelnucs says: Sep 30, 2013 6:02 AM

    Supposed “mismatches” like this one very often end being close games – it’s funny because it makes all the “experts” look foolish.

    This one won’t.

  31. brazzz01 says: Sep 30, 2013 6:38 AM

    No NFL team should ever be 28 point favorites over another NFL team. No matter who it is or who they’re playing.

  32. concord148 says: Sep 30, 2013 7:40 AM

    This will be the greatest upset of all times. Jags will win.

  33. patsfan13 says: Sep 30, 2013 8:06 AM

    Can the Jags just forfeit the game and avoid the embarrassment?

  34. ctiggs says: Sep 30, 2013 8:10 AM

    How many home games does Denver have, (8) but why does it feel like they are never on the road.

  35. reed20fence says: Sep 30, 2013 8:18 AM

    Thumbs up if you’re waiting for the inevitable day when these overhyped Broncs are made humble.

    The mighty shall become weak.

  36. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Sep 30, 2013 8:31 AM

    One game at a time please. I know you sports writers are always looking for a scoop. But the Broncos will not overlook Dallas this weekend. Then they will prepare for Jax!

  37. akshunj says: Sep 30, 2013 8:39 AM

    Any given Sunday

  38. steelerben says: Sep 30, 2013 9:31 AM

    Raise your hand if you’d put money on the Jags, even being given the 28 points. The spread seems a little ridiculous, but you have to generate a book somehow. Denver is scoring more or less at will. Jacksonville is still looking for an identity.

  39. concord148 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:20 AM

    Ladies and gentleman – check this out – Von Miller will be traded by the end of the 2013 season or the beginning of the 2014 season for high draft picks. This is the philosophy the Broncos have had for the past 30-40yrs. Denver builds thru the draft. Watch and see.

  40. atwatercrushesokoye says: Sep 30, 2013 10:20 AM

    Joetoronto: it’s the same schedule your awful team has but the Broncos face the Pats and Ravens while your Faiduhs play the Browns and Bills (or Dolphins?) in the 2 games that diverge. It’s not Elway’s fault that your team is so bad that you make these teams look good. But at least you’ve got 1 win this year.

  41. sullijo1 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:04 AM

    It appears to me that the media was once again correct – the Broncos will struggle immensely to replace Elvis Dumervil.

    Wait, never mind.

  42. jcjaguar says: Sep 30, 2013 12:23 PM

    I hate Gene Smith….carry on.

  43. ekny729 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:58 PM

    Jags have nothing to lose by signing Tebow!!!
    Ticket sales would double!
    The team comp pct would go up from 38-45%
    Wont Hurt to Have God on your side!!!

  44. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Sep 30, 2013 4:46 PM

    The information I looked at had PIT as an NFL record 27 point favorite versus TBB back in ’76.

    Of the NFL games involving the 10 highest pointspreads, only two favorites covered – and Pittsburgh, the favorite with the all-time highest pointspread, covered – winning 42-0.

  45. razzzmajazzz says: Sep 30, 2013 5:10 PM

    With Crappert at the helm, I doubt he even gets his usual 3 points against Denver.I never thought I’d say this but I’d take Leftwich back.

  46. brazzz01 says: Oct 1, 2013 11:20 AM

    A professional football team should not be 28 point underdogs to anybody. This isn’t a BCS team playing a small school, this is an NFL team playing an NFL team.

    Jaguars will cover that kind of spread. Book it.

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