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.