|Written by Jerry Santiago|
NFL football finally returns for the beginning of the sports betting preseason with the August 9 Hall of Fame Game from Canton, Ohio. NFL football handicapping for that first sports betting matchup will be between the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans, who will dress as the Houston Oilers!
As part of the NFL football Hall of Fame weekend, the league will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American Football League by having the Bills and Titans wear throwback uniforms from the 1960’s in this sports betting matchup as both were charter franchises in the AFL when it began in 1960. Tennessee began their NFL betting history as the Houston Oilers at that time.
The Bills will celebrate two of their members being inducted into the NFL football shrine as owner and founder Ralph Wilson and defensive lineman Bruce Smith will have their busts placed in the hallowed halls of Canton. There should be a large contingent of Buffalo fans visiting for this special weekend of NFL football.
This preseason NFL football matchup will be a special Sunday Night telecast on NBC and feature the debut of Chris Collinsworth as color analyst as he replaces the retired John Madden. Al Michaels returns to NBC to call the play by play.
The game itself takes place in famed Fawcett Stadium, one of the top high school venues in all of the United States, and a location that gives the game itself a return to its more basic roots of the NFL football past.
Top players in this matchup that should see action include Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards, who threw for 2699 yards and 11 touchdown passes last year. His Tennessee/Houston counterpart is Kerry Collins, who passed for 2676 yards and 12 touchdown passes last year. Buffalo kicker Rian Lindell scored 120 points last year and nailed 30 field goals. Kickers are often valuable NFL football commodities in pre season. The Titans/Oilers also have a strong NFL football leg with Rob Bironas, who had 29 field goals and 127 points last year.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.