Hall of Fame Game Preview and Prediction - FOOTBALL IS BACK!!!!

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Triple Threat Sports - 8/9/2015 4:47 AM
It is football season again and I am very happy to be back! Usually the Hall of Fame Game does not offer a great wagering opportunity, but that is not the case this season in this view, as one of these teams is worthy of a play. Will it be the Vikings or the Steelers? Find out inside, with full analysis of this STAR RATED PLAY!

Lots of things pointing in one direction here, but since it is the opening game of the season, we will be conservative with the star rating:

(241) 2* Pittsburgh (+) over Minnesota [8pm]

Certainly aware that the Steelers are resting a good many starters, but the truth of the matter is that the Vikings are not playing their top line players long either (Coach Zimmer says the playing time of the starters will "depend on my mood.") so that edge is negated in that respect. Next, getting more than a FG in NFLX action is usually quite attractive, and in the Hall of Fame game it is notable that five of the contests since 2004 have been decided by four or less. Also, Vikes are planning on playing four QB's while Pittsburgh might only play Landry Jones, and if he plays alot he should be able to get into a rhythm, especially against the deep reserves in the late stages of the game. If he does not go the whole way former Clemson star Boyd will get some time, and I like him, especially in preseason games where he will have freedom to create. Numbers show that while Mike Zimmer was 4-0 SU in the preseason last year (two of the wins by a FG or less) Mike Tomlin no NFLX slouch, as his teams are 20-13 in these games, with five of the 13 losses coming by today's number or less. That means that Pittsburgh is 24-8-1 against today's number for Tomlin, and one of those wins did come in a Hall of Fame Game. Finally, speaking of the Hall of Fame, Canton is just a relative stone's throw away from Pittsburgh, and with Jerome Bettis going into the Hall yesterday, Black and Gold will be in full force for this game. Add it all up and we have t take the points in this one.

Thanks, and Good Luck!

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