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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.
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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.
Denver Broncos vs Atlanta Falcons Match Details
Hall of Fame Game 2019 Viewing Guide
Time: 8 p.m. (ET)
Date: 1 August, 2019
Live Stream: NBC Sports
Stadium: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio
*Matchup takes place at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio
Hall of Fame Game Scores (2010-2018) Year Result Total 2018 Ravens 17 – Bears 16 33 2017 Cowboys 20 – Cardinals 18 38 2015 Vikings 14 – Steelers 3 17 2014 Giants 17 – Bills 13 30 2013 Cowboys 24 – Dolphins 20 44 2012 Saints 17 – Cardinals 10 27 2010 Cowboys 16 – Bengals 7 23
Hall of Fame Game was not played in 2011 and 2016.
The Falcons and Broncos have each participated in the Hall of Fame Game three times previously, with both teams compiling identical 1-2 records in the preseason opener, but never faced one another in those prior contests. Denver hasn’t made an appearance at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium since 2004, but it’s been even longer—25 years to be exact—since the Falcons have made a trip to Ohio to open the preseason schedule.
One interesting trend to note is that the Falcons haven’t had much success during the preseason since Dan Quinn took over as head coach in 2015. The team is just 4-12 during exhibition games in that span, including an 0-4 record in last year’s preseason. Atlanta doesn’t score many points in these matchups either, failing to ring up a single score in their 2018 NFL preseason opener against the New York Jets and totaling up just 27 points in the final three outings. It’s clear that Quinn doesn’t place much importance on getting his first-stringers reps in these meaningless contests, as evidenced by starting quarterback Matt Ryan playing just two snaps in that showdown with the Jets.
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Quinn did mention he is looking forward to participating in the Hall of Fame Game and hopes the extra playing time—the Falcons and Broncos will compete in five preseason games this year, compared to four for the rest of the league—will result in improved team chemistry (via ProFootballHOF.com):
We are fired up to kick off the NFL’s 100th season in the Hall of Fame Game. We are honored to play in Canton and be a part of the celebration for all of the inductees. This is also an opportunity for us to strengthen our connection and our brotherhood with additional time on the field.
The Broncos have had quite a bit more success than their upcoming opponent with regards to finding the end zone during the preseason. They averaged an impressive 25 points across their four exhibition clashes last year, but those expecting some high totals from the Denver offense should be wary that those outbursts came with Vance Joseph calling the shots. Things could be different now that the club is employing Vic Fangio, the former Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator who will be making his head coaching debut on the sidelines this Thursday.
James Palmer tweeted a clip of Fangio discussing why he elected to hire an offensive coordinator who has never called plays at the NFL level: