Las Vegas oddsmakers have made the Denver Broncos a 28-point favorite over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the highest margin in the history of NFL wagering. The question now, for gamblers is to decide whether or the undefeated Broncos, led by future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning will cover this monumental spread.
With the floundering Jacksonville Jaguars on a possible run towards a winless season and starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert likely “out for an extended period of time”, the NFL team representing the largest city in Florida could very well lose by 28 points or more.
If Gabbert is unable to start Sunday’s game, as reported just minutes ago via Twitter, the Jaguars will have to rely on veteran quarterback Chad Henne, who stepped in after Gabbert was injured against the St. Louis Rams last Sunday. But Henne, who began his mediocre NFL career with the Miami Dolphins after a respectful collegiate career with Michigan, has a measly career QB rating of 74.8 and currently ranked just No. 26 in this year’s passing stats, slightly higher than Blaine Gabbert, whose No. 34 ranking is dead last.
Currently the top ranked team based upon NFL Power Rankings, the Denver Broncos finally endured a close game against the Dallas Cowboys, after four consecutive blowouts to open the season. But with Peyton Manning already throwing for a record 20 touchdown passes this season and playing Sunday’s game in the thin air at Mile High Stadium, there really isn’t any debate who will win the Broncos-Jaguars game; the more appropriate question is by how much.
While most sports sites like the Bleacher Report, Yahoo Sports and Sports Illustrated are reporting the 28 points is the highest point spread ever booked by oddsmakers, ESPN reported earlier today the blowout-like odds were tied with the highest spread of all time, when the Baltimore Colts were favored by 28 points against the then lowly Atlanta Falcons. Gamblers who took the Falcons and the points won big as the 7-2 Colts and legendary quarterback Johnny Unitas beat winless Atlanta by only 12 points, 19-7.
Current odds in Las Vegas stand at an average of 27 ½ points at the Las Vegas Hilton, MGM Mirage, Wynn Las Vegas and Caesar’s, suggesting early wagering are taking Jaguars and the 28 points.