Seattle Makes History As 7.5-Point Favorites In Week 14

  • The Seattle Seahawks are 7.5-point favorites over the Houston Texans in Week 14.
  • Seattle would be the biggest favorite of all time for a team with a .333 or worse winning percentage this late in the season.

HOUSTON – The Houston Texans are on the wrong side of arguably the most disrespectful betting line in NFL history. The Seattle Seahawks are in line to make history when they take the field on Sunday.

The Historic Spread

The Seattle Seahawks are on pace to become the biggest favorites in the month of December of all time who has ever had a .333 or worse winning percentage on the season. The current line set by online sportsbooks will beat the previous record by a half of a point if the line holds.

Seahawks vs Texans Spread Odds

  • Seattle Seahawks -7.5 -110
  • Houston Texans +7.5 -110

The only other time a team this bad was favored by a touchdown or more in NFL history was in 1966 when the 3-8-1 Pittsburgh Steelers were 7.0-point favorites over the 1-11-1 New York Giants. For what it’s worth, Pittsburgh went on to both win the game and cover the spread.

The similarities between the 1966 meeting and the 2021 matchup start with the records of the 4-8 Seahawks and 2-10 Texans, but will they end with the Seahawks covering just like the Steelers did 55 years ago?

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Could Houston Keep It Close?

Those that have been betting on the NFL are likely aware of just how bad the Texans have been this season. Not only are they losing often, but they’re losing by an average of 13.2 points per game.

Only two of their 10 losses have come by a touchdown or less while Seattle’s wins have come by an average of 12.5 points this season with all four being by at least seven points.

History shows that sportsbooks are extremely cautious in making teams this bad this big of favorites at this point in the season, but with the small sample size out there, it’s for a good reason when they do. The game will air on FOX starting at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday.