The NFL Hall of Fame Game will kick off 2017 football betting and I for one am excited. Not so much for the HOF game betting which is always a bit of a crapshoot, but more because it means that the 2017 NFL season is just around the corner.
The NFL Hall of Fame Game takes place this Thursday, August 3rd in Canton Ohio. The Dallas Cowboys will be “away” at the Arizona Cardinals and should give us a good look at each team even though it is just a preseason game.
NFL Hall of Fame Game – Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals
Typically you don’t see much action in the NFL Hall of Fame Games as coaches and players are basically just looking to loosen up and play a little touch football. There are always those players that are competing for a spot that makes it a little more interesting.
When it comes to betting HOF game odds you of course have to employ preseason football handicapping. Count on big name QBs playing a half at most. Count on big name RBs taking a limited number of handoffs. Conversely, look for promising rookies and up and comers to get lots of reps as coaches try and lock in patterns and routes. So in essence a bettors nightmare! Let’s take a quick look at the Dallas Cowboys today and see if there is any value to be had, and tomorrow we will take a look at the Arizona Cardinals.
NFL Hall of Fame Game – Dallas Cowboys Preview
The Dallas Cowboys are a team you either love or hate and I must admit I lean a little to the latter. Not so much hate perhaps, but I like to see Jerry Jones get his ego taken down a few notches from time to time. However, the Cowboys are always entertaining and ended up having a heck of a season last year closing out the regular schedule at 13-3.
NFL Preseason Betting – Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot
A big part of that was the addition of two young stars in the form of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot who turned the Dallas offense into something to be feared. The much needed offensive revival finally complemented a very solid defensive squad and suddenly the Cowboys were winning 11 games in a row.
Dallas Cowboys – 2017 Troubles
How is 2017 looking for the Cowboys? Well, it seems like the Cowboys have the same old problem in keeping their players out of trouble. Ezekiel Elliot is facing his second round of league scrutiny for allegations of domestic violence which is an issue that has followed him his whole career. Defensive End Randy Gregory is out for a year due to failing a substance abuse test, and fellow DE David Irving is out four games for being caught using PEDs. Linebacker Damien Wilson has been charged with assault which will no doubt impact his season. You almost want to ask who is left on the team!
Best Future Bets – Dallas Cowboys
At the end of the day a number of analysts have downgraded the Cowboys’ prospects this year and adding in suspensions won’t help. In particular, the Cowboys are a very different team without Elliot. The NFC East has been weak in recent years and that helped the Cowboys last year and will most likely do the same this year.
I am taking the Cowboys on football future bets to at least make the playoffs, and if they straighten out their legal troubles, possibly even the NFC Championship. Currently they are +135 favorites to win the NFC East and favorites at +500 to win the NFC Conference. In fact they are +1000 and second only to the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl here at RealBet. I think I like them to win the NFC East and I think +500 is a little lean for a conference run. I don’t see any value in the Cowboys at +1000 for the Super Bowl- however time will tell!
HOF Game Lines – Dallas Cowboys
So who will win the NFL Hall of Fame Game? Well I will look at the Cardinals tomorrow but the short answer is that it probably doesn’t matter. Don’t get me wrong, I will be betting the game all day long. But with the Cowboys as -1 favorites on the pointspread, and the Over Under at 35.5, it really is the epitome of a preseason game. Bet who you like, crack open a few beers, and have fun yelling at the TV again.
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