On Thursday, August 1, the Denver Broncos will battle the Atlanta Falcons in the annual Hall of of Fame Game, scheduled to air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
The Hall of Fame Game officially kicks off the NFL Preseason schedule, and it is the only game that week or weekend. The rest of the league will start the following weekend with a slew of games on Aug. 8, then more games following on Friday and Saturday.
The Hall of Fame Game usually involves two teams that have a significant presence in that year’s Hall of Fame class. The Denver Broncos have cornerback Champ Bailey and owner Pat Bowlen. They also have defensive back Ty Law, who played for three other NFL teams before ending his career with the Broncos in the 2009 season.
August is nearly here and with it comes the first meaningful NFL action in months. After a long offseason layoff, professional football finally returns with the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, a Thursday night contest that will officially kick off the 2019 NFL preseason schedule. While the outcome for the teams on the field won’t matter in the slightest—organizations use this game mostly to evaluate fringe talent for training camp and roster cut purposes—it absolutely will for the many bettors who have been chomping at the bit to get some real NFL action over the last six months.
Oddsmakers opened betting at a pick ‘em, but that line was bet up to Atlanta -2 almost immediately. It’s since settled with the Falcons laying a single point, but more fluctuation in the coming days is to be expected. The total on the 2019 NFL Hall of Fame Game has been set at just 34.5 points, a small number but one that is reasonable when considering the type of talent that will be on the gridiron for much of the night in Canton. It’s also close to the average of 30.3 total points scored in the previous seven Hall of Fame Game clashes, including last year’s exciting tilt between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens that resulted in a 17-16 win for Baltimore. You can find results for every Hall of Fame Game dating back to 2010 in the table below.
Those looking for advice against the spread and other tips for the 2019 NFL preseason opener should check back later in the week to get pro picks from Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com. The Vegas expert will be releasing the first of many predictions for the upcoming NFL season closer to Thursday’s kickoff. In the meantime, have a look at the complete schedule, start time, TV and live stream viewing information, updated odds, betting trends and more for this upcoming Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons showdown.