Let’s take a closer look at the NFL betting odds and my betting picks for the 2018 Hall of Fame game.
The 2018 NFL preseason kicks off Aug. 2nd with the Chicago Bears facing the Baltimore Ravens. Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. This marks Baltimore’s first appearance in the Hall of Fame Game. The Bears are 4-0 all-time in HOF games.
NFL Hall of Fame Game 2018 Odds, Date: Chicago vs. Baltimore picks
The NFL sports betting board lists the Ravens as 1.5-point favorites to beat the Bears. The game total is 33-points.
Why Pick Chicago To Win?
How much of sophomore QB Mitch Trubisky’s new weapons will be showcased in the Hall of Fame Game?
I’m not expecting new Bears coach Matt Nagy to open up past the first chapter in Chicago’s playbook. The upgraded O-line will be on the field. But will we see newcomers tight end Trey Burton, wideouts Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and second-rounder Anthony Collins?
Why Pick Baltimore To Win?
Bears coach John Harbaugh has gone 4-0 in three of last four NFL preseasons. I expect the Ravens to play to win in this game.
But here is why you should watch the game. This will be the debut of first-round pick Lamar Jackson who has wowed teammates and the coaching staff during training camp.
NFL Hall of Fame Game 2018 Chicago vs. Baltimore Picks
The Chicago Bears are the second most improved team in the league following the Browns exciting offseason. I don’t see that being enough to beat the Ravens in this game. The under on the game total of 33 is also a smart NFL bet.