The Seattle Seahawks and their fans set a World Record last night, making their home stadium the loudest ever. Now the Seahawks are trying to make history once again, as the largest favorite in an NFL game this season. Although the NFL is only three weeks old heading into this week, Seattle has opened up as nearly a 20 point favorite heading into their home game this week on Sunday.
Fresh off their 29-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers last night, the Las Vegas lines opened today for this coming weekend’s games. Seattle hosts possibly the worst team in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seahawks opened as 17 1/2 point favorites and the line has quickly moved up to 19 1/2 points.
A nearly three touchdown favorite, Seattle’s line is bucking a recent trend in the league. Heading into Monday night’s game, the NFL has seen 22 games decided by 7 points or less, the most ever in the first two weeks of any NFL season. The Seahawks benefit from perhaps the ultimate home field advantage as Century Link Field is known as the loudest place to play in the NFL.
Jacksonville will be playing on the road for the second straight week. And for the second straight week, the Jaguars are playing on the west coast.
Double digit point spreads are uncommon in the NFL in recent years. A double digit spread worth nearly three scores is nearly unheard of. This will be one game that I will be avoiding, despite how lopsided it looks on paper. 19 1/2 points might be an acceptable college point spread, but I’m not touching it in the NFL.