The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings will kick off the 2015 preseason in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio on August 9th at 8:00 PM ET. The Vikings are 2.5 point favorites over the Steelers.
The National Football League pits two squads in the Hall of Fame Game that have players entering the Hall of Fame that weekend. This year it will be former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis and former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff who will be inducted.
What does it mean to play in the HOF game? Both the Steelers and Vikings will each play five preseason games instead of the usual four.
A Closer Look At the 2015 NFL Hall of Fame Game Odds, Analysis & How To Watch
Hall of Fame Game: Minnesota Vikings vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Sunday, August 9, 2015
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: Canton, Ohio
Stadium: Fawcett Stadium
Odds: Vikings -2.5
Game Total: 34.5
Radio: Minnesota vs Pittsburgh
TV Info: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Will Minnesota Beat Pittsburgh In The NFL 2015 Hall of Fame Game?
Are the Vikings going to let AP loose to shake off his rust?
Adrian Peterson is back. But, the Minnesota rushing attack didn’t go anywhere while AP sat out due to a suspension. In fact, even though AP is the huge favorite to lead the NFL in rushing yards in 2015, there are plenty of players on the depth chart that could make the Vikings the top rushing team in all of football.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 2, 2015
It starts with offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Some believe in QB Teddy Bridgewater, Peterson, and the rest of the running back corp, Turner has a reincarnation of QB Troy Aikman and RB Emmitt Smith, who Turner helped dominate the NFL while at the Dallas Cowboys in the early 1990’s. Bridgewater isn’t likely to get many snaps in the first NFL pre-season game of the season, neither is AP. But, Jerrick McKinnon, who ran for 538 yards on 113 attempts, 4.76 yards a carry, and Matt Asiata, who rushed for 570 yards on 164 attempts, 3.5 yards a carry, and scored 6 touchdowns, will.
If those guys are as dominant in this game, particularly versus a Pittsburgh defense with a lot of young guys out to prove something, as they were when Peterson was suspended last season, Minnesota might win this game going away. If you put McKinnon and Asiata together with a top notch defense, which should play well right away, the Vikings could roll.
Will Pittsburgh Beat Minnesota In The NFL 2015 Hall of Fame Game?
The Steelers offense will need to take the pressure off of the new look D.
It won’t be perfect. It takes more than a few days of training camp for a young defense to gel, but indications are that Pittsburgh’s vaunted D shouldn’t have an issue even though long time D coordinator, Dick LeBeau, is no longer at Pitt. New coordinator Keith Butler will be looking for a big push from the defensive line this season. That should only help James Harrison, yes, that James Harrison, Arthur Moats and the other starting linebacker, Jarvis Jones.
First round draft pick Bud Dupree figures to get plenty of work in the NFL Hall of Fame Game. Dupree is as athletic as they get, but he’s a raw talent that is likely to make mistakes in his first real action of 2015. Expect Dupree to make a couple of head turning plays but to also fail at stopping McKinnon and Asiata. Minnesota figures to cover the spread as a -2.5 point favorite in the 2015 NFL Hall of Fame Game.