The 2019 NFL season is inching closer and reaches a major milestone on Thursday night when the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons crash in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. This anticipated preseason opener, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBC, will mark the first of 65 exhibition contests leading up to the campaign and it’s one that fans will not want to miss. Pigskins bettors should certainly be paying attention, as the Hall of Fame Game represents the first opportunity to gamble on the NFL since the Super Bowl. While the on-field product tonight may not be as thrilling or meaningful as the action will be starting in September when the games start to count, it’s still a breath of fresh air after a long offseason.
Sportsbooks are offering a variety of ways to wager on the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, starting with the basic point spread and total bets. The current line for this Falcons vs. Broncos matchup is DEN -3, which has shifted significantly off the open of ATL -1.5. A healthy majority of the public betting slips, 59% to be precise, are backing the Broncos to cover in this Canton, Ohio-based contest. Denver is drawing more money as well, with 72% of all cash wagered on the Hall of Fame Game on that side, which helps to explain the adjustment in odds since they were first put up on the board. The total for this game hasn’t moved much off the opening mark of 34.5 points, dropping down slightly to 34 even though 52% of tickets and 62% of public dollars are on the over.
It’s never easy to bet on the NFL, let alone the first preseason game of the season. Because the outcome doesn’t truly matter and teams almost always use these early exhibition contests to evaluate players on the fringes of their training camp rosters, it can be tough to pin down exactly how the action on the field will shake out. Fortunately for readers, pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has provided his take on Thursday night’s Hall of Fame Game. You won’t want to skip on the Vegas expert’s first pick of the 2019 NFL season, but before seeing which squad he has a lean on, have a look at the complete schedule, start time, viewing information and more for this Broncos vs. Falcons clash. You can also find relevant tweets, quotes from star players and coaches, betting trends and more below.
2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game Schedule And Odds
- When: Thursday, August 1st
- Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio
- Start Time: 8 p.m. ET
- Watch: NBC
- Live Stream: NBC Sports Live
- Spread: DEN -3
- Total: 34
Hall of Fame Game Scores (2010-2018)
2018: Ravens 17 – Bears 16
2017: Cowboys 20 – Cardinals 18
2015: Vikings 14 – Steelers 3
2014: Giants 17 – Bills 13
2013: Cowboys 24 – Dolphins 20
2012: Saints 17 – Cardinals 10
2010: Cowboys 16 – Bengals 7
*Hall of Fame Game was not played in 2011 and 2016.
2019 NFL Hall of Fame Game Quotes
Denver head coach Vic Fangio confirmed that offseason acquisition Joe Flacco will not see any action in this contest, as the first-year coach is instead opting to start projected second-stringer Kevin Hogan with plans to bring in rookie second-round draft pick Drew Lock after.
Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons Pro Prediction
Pick: Broncos -3
Prediction: Broncos 21 – Falcons 10