by Aaron Wilson
September 17, 02013
Rarely do you see such large point spreads in the NFL.
It's also not common to have a team as bad as the Jacksonville Jaguars. The NFL prides itself on having a balanced league, where the worst teams can still compete with the better ones. The Jaguars have been the exception to the rule so far, looking abysmal in two consecutive games.
That has led to oddsmakers giving this game a line you'd occasionally see in college football when a top 25 team plays a middle of the pack conference team. The Jaguars are 19.5 underdogs to Seattle this week, an indicator of how far apart those in Las Vegas believe the two teams are.
The Seahawks are certainly one of the NFL's top two teams at this time (the other being Denver). But a 19.5 spread? That speaks more to ineptitude of Jacksonville than to how great Seattle is.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.