Through the first two weeks of the 2013 NFL season, the Seattle Seahawks have looked like the best team in the NFC. Conversely, no team has played worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now, the two clubs are set to meet in what could turn out to be one of the biggest blowouts of the year.
Seattle will undoubtedly be the most popular pick in survivor pools around the country. They are coming off a 26-point win against the defending NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers. Last week, the Jaguars lost by 10 points to the Oakland Raiders, who are considered one of the worst teams in football.
The disparity between the Seahawks and Jaguars has produced the largest betting line of the young season. Seattle is a 19-point favorite, according to the point spreads at most Las Vegas casinos.
It’s understandable why Seattle is favored by so much. They have, probably, the best home-field advantage in the NFL and won multiple games by more than four touchdowns last year. However, history has shown that it will be very difficult for them to cover such a large spread. Since 1992, 26 teams have entered a game favored by at least 17 points. Only six of those clubs were able to cover.
It will be very difficult, though, for the Jaguars to keep it close. Chad Henne will get the start at quarterback over Blaine Gabbert, who’s still nursing an injury. The backup will try to move the ball against a pass defense that has allowed just 226 yards in the air. Only one touchdown has been scored on Seattle in two games.
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CBS will broadcast the contest at 4:25 p.m. ET. Fans with NFL Sunday Ticket Max can watch a live stream online.
Prediction: Seattle 34, Jacksonville 17