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Largest NFL Point Spreads Ever

September 17, 2018
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There was a Twitter post we saw yesterday that inspired us to write an article about it (and the subject matter at hand).

A few of the comments on this tweet stated they have never seen a spread this big in the NFL. But, those of us who have been in the business for any length of time know that there have been bigger spreads. The first one that came to mind was Super Bowl 29 which featured the SF 49ers vs the San Diego Chargers. That spread had the 49ers favored by -18 points. The Niners covered easily and sportsbooks refer to this as “Black Sunday” because most bettors wagered on them. – More about Super Bowl spreads.

But there were many other, non Super Bowl related, NFL point spreads that were quite larger. Just five years ago there was a 26.5 point spread and a 19 point spread.

The Buffalo at Minnesota spread is currently at -17 points. The sportsbooks are currently reporting that about 63% of the public is betting on the Vikings minus the huge number. But, that is subject to change of course.

Here is a list of the other largest NFL point spreads:

Rams vs Panthers (2001) Rams -19.5
Patriots vs Colts (2011) Patriots -20.5
Bucs vs Patriots (1976) Patriots -21
Patriots vs Dolphins (2007) Patriots -22
Cowboys vs Bucs (1977) Cowboys -23
Falcons vs 49ers (1987) 49ers -23.5
49ers vs Bengals (1993) 49ers -24
Bucs vs Steelers (1976) Steelers -27

Many of these revolve around how bad the Bucs were in the 70’s (expansion franchise) and how good the Patriots and 49ers have been.


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