Submitted by Jim Hurley on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL IS BACK!!!
HERE’S A LOOK AT THE
HALL OF FAME GAME SHOWDOWN
BETWEEN THE BRONCOS VS. FALCONS
C’mon now …
Are you really ready for some FOOTBALL?
The 2019 National Football League Preseason sked gets underway with this Thursday, August 1st Hall of Fame Game bash between the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons and Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are ready to roar with Sides / Totals winners here and all throughout the preseason. Make sure to win big all month long with the NFL Preseason along with red-hot Major-League Baseball action each and every day. Get all the winners right here at www.jimhurley.com or via our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453.
Hey, take a peek back at some recent Hall of Fame Games and you’ll see that since 2010 – and note there were no Hall of Fame Games in both 2011 and 2016 – four of the seven HOF Games were decided by four points-or-less while the average score in these games was just 30.3 points per game … and only one team (2013 Dallas Cowboys) scored more than 20 points in a game. Just sayin’!
Let’s take a quick-hitter preview look at this year’s Hall of Fame Game:
HALL OF FAME GAME – at Canton, OH
DENVER vs. ATLANTA – 8 p.m. ET, NBC
From a historical viewpoint, note that the Broncos have not played in this annual Hall of Fame Game since 2004 while the Falcons have not played here since 1994 and both clubs sport 1-2 SU (straight-up) records in their prior HOF affairs.
The Broncos – who last year finished the 2018 regular season at 6-10 SU / 6-9-1 ATS (against the spread) – have their fourth different head coach in the past six years as 61-year defensive-minded guru Vic Fangio gets his first-ever shot as a head coach in this league while the Falcons come off a highly disappointing 7-9 SU / 5-11 ATS campaign in which this NFC South squad ranked a lowly 28th in total defense (allowed 384.5 yards per game) and there’s major heat on fifth-year boss Dan Quinn to produce a winner … remember that Atlanta played in five post-season games between the 2016-17 seasons and that included the painful 34-28 overtime loss to New England in Super Bowl 51 back in the ’16 campaign.
Don’t look for many – if any – reps for the two #1 quarterbacks here as new Broncos’ slinger 34-year-old Joe Flacco is not expected to play at all while journeyman QB Kevin Hogan is expected to start and we’ll see rookie Drew Lock (Missouri) and fellow “rook” Brett Rypien (Boise State) too here in this exhibition tilt while the Falcons figure to rest QB Matt Ryan while allowing the likes of veteran Matt Schaub and former practice squader Kurt Benkert to get the lion’s share of snaps here.
P.S., both clubs come into this season with new offensive coordinators: Dirk Koetter is back to call the plays for the Falcons as he did back in the 2012-14 seasons; the Broncos go with Rich Scangarello as their OC but note he’s never been a play-caller in the NFL.
Editor’s Note … Later today we’ll examine the MLB Trades that were made – and not made – following the 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline, so don’t miss out.
NOTE: More NFL goodies straight ahead in the coming editions of Jim Sez.