Indianapolis came into this game
as a 10 point favorite. (updated: several people are telling me the line got down to 7.5 at close, after being at 10 on Friday. According to Bovada, it closed at 8). Let’s demonstrate just how shocking this result is. Using the point spread info at pro-football-reference going back to 1978, the largest margin of defeat for a double digit favorite was also the Colts, in a pretty famous game. In 2001, the Colts lost to the Patriots 44-13 in Tom Brady’s first career start.
If we limited it to games after the start of November, when more info is available on the quality of teams, no team that was favored by double digits has lost a game by more than 21 points (Rams vs. Dolphins, 1980).
[UPDATE: The largest margin since 1978 for a team favored by more than a touchdown is still 32 points, by the Giants in 2009 against the Panthers, and the 49ers in 1994 against the Eagles, so the Colts could still be right on the edge.]
Blowing that out of the water with a 35 point lead merits a quality dance. Have at it, Tavon.
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