Jaguars are 19.5-point underdogs against Seahawks in Week 3

Can the Jags lose by fewer than 20 points? (USATSI)
We grossly underestimated the awfulness of the 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars. We were distracted by the Raiders and Chargers, two AFC West teams we pegged in the preseason as possibly staring three or four wins in the face. They have both had surprising starts to the season while the Jags are somehow worse than we imagined. And they  haven't even hit rock bottom yet.

Turns out, "forfeit" was an exaggeration, but not by much; the Jaguars are 19.5-point underdogs against the Seahawks this week. That's ridiculous for a team that plays in a league where we're always talking about parity. For some perspective, UConn is only getting 17 points against Michigan.

Put another way: The Jags are the American Athletic Conference of the NFL. And expect bettors to go heavy on Seattle, moving the line further north.

It's not all bad, though. While the Jags are a pitiful outfit, historically speaking, they're not the worst, at least in Vegas' eyes. According to, here are the biggest point spreads since 1972:

Dec. 5, 1976: Steelers (-27) vs. Buccaneers. Pittsburgh won 42-0.
Nov. 25, 2007: Patriots (-24.5) vs. Eagles. New England won 31-28.
Dec. 5, 1998: 49ers (-24) vs. Bengals. San Francisco won 21-8.
Oct. 11, 1987: 49ers (-23.5) vs. Falcons. San Francisco won 25-17.
Oct. 2, 1977: Cowboys (-23) vs. Buccaneers. Dallas won 23-7.
Dec. 23, 2007: Patriots (-22.5) vs. Dolphins. New England won 28-7.
Dec. 12, 1976: Patriots (-21) vs. Buccaneers. New England won 31-14.

There's your moral victory, Jacksonville. The Jags might be a clown car of an organization in 2013, but they don't even crack the top-5 of all-time disasters. (Of course, it didn't have to be this way.)

In case you're wondering (via Bovada), the Jaguars are 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games, and 0-5 straight-up in their last five. The Seahawks, meanwhile, are 8-1 against the spread and 5-0 straight up.

Place your wagers accordingly.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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