with the opening line at Denver favored by 28, now its at 26.5
For no team has ever gone into an NFL game as a bigger favorite than the Peyton Manning-led Broncos this weekend, with those shrewd sages of Las Vegas setting the points spread at a eye-popping 28 points.
That tops the previous record of 24, set in 1976 when the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an expansion franchise, and duly crushed them 42-0.
But, the Niners do own their own record
Well, it turns out, according toVegas Insider that the biggest spread was not SUper Bowl III, but Super Bowl XXIX, in 1995, when the 49ers were favored by 18.5 over the Chargers. In that game Stan Humphries was to play David to Steve Young's Goliath. But Goliath threw six touchdown passes, beating the Chargers and beating the spread. The Colts were favored by 18, a half point less when they lost to Namath's Jets.