The opening lines are out for this weekend’s games, and they show the Seahawks favored by a fairly insane number against lowly Jacksonville — 19-and-a-half.
And while I can’t definitively prove it, I think there’s a good chance that’s the biggest point spread in Seattle history.
The largest I can find since 2001 is a 16-point spread for a 2005 game — the year Seattle went to the Super Bowl — against the 49ers.
And a 19.5-point spread falls just outside of the largest spreads in NFL history.
Here’s a listing of the five biggest points spreads in NFL history dating to 1972, with No. 5 being a 21-point spread for a 1976 New England-Tampa Bay game.
And according to this story, it would tie for the fifth-largest spread since 2000.
It’s shaping up as a weekend of potential blowouts in Seattle with UW favored by 53 points against Idaho State.
And yes, it makes you wonder if two teams in one city have ever been favored by such a wide combined total.