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. Broncos vs Falcons Live 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. Broncos vs Falcons Live
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. Broncos vs Falcons Live
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 (via DenverPost.com):
Broncos vs Falcons Live We’re going to go with Kevin to begin with, and then Drew is going to follow him and then (Brett Rypien) is going to follow him.
Broncos quarterback Drew Lock said he’ll be looking to play smart, clean football when he gets on the field for the first time as a rookie during the Hall of Fame Game (via DenverPost.com): Broncos vs Falcons Live
It’s obviously not the 1s that are going to go out and play this game. There will be a lot of young guys, a lot of draft picks, a lot of couple-year guys — the juices will be flowing, people will be riled up, but let’s calm down, let’s show we can drive down the field, be crisp, be smart, no penalties before the snap — be a really clean quarterback that doesn’t force the ball downfield, that can check it down and keep moving the sticks.
Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said he’ll be using the Hall of Fame Game to keep close tabs on the practice squad players that have been with the organization since last year’s preseason, as well as the rookies on the roster (via AJC.com):
It’s really important for the rookies. We’ve got an advantage that thirty teams don’t have, where they get really good game experience. Of course, it’s a really important day for the 25 or so rookies. To me, the development players, guys that we really spent a lot of time on last year, the Matt Gonos of the world, Kurt Benkerts, who it’s like, ‘Man, we’ve put a good 13 months into him, let’s see where we’re at.’
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan gave insight into his role during Thursday night’s contest will be after it was confirmed he would not be participating on the field (via AJC.com): Broncos vs Falcons Live
You help out where you can with some of the younger guys. Whether it’s things that you see that are going on or those kinds of things, you want everybody to go out there and be successful. For me, it’ll also be a really special week. One of my best friends, good friends [Tony Gonzalez] is getting inducted into the Hall of Fame. I’ll enjoy that part of it, too. I’m appreciative that we’re the team that’s going to be up there and to be able to see him a little bit prior to the enshrinement on Saturday. So, I’m excited for him, excited for this game for our young guys. It’s going to be a fun couple of days.
Hall of Fame Game 2019 Tweets
Mike Klis posted an update from Vic Fangio on where rookie QB Drew Lock stands in the battle for Denver’s No. 2 quarterback job: Broncos vs Falcons Live