NFL Betting: Hall of Fame Game Odds Preview

The 2014 NFL preseason gets underway this upcoming Sunday night in Canton, Ohio with the traditional Hall of Fame Game. This year’s edition features an in-state, inter-conference battle between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills, with kickoff slated for 8pm ET in what should be tight game according to the oddsmakers.

Sports Interaction has set the Bills as a slight 1.5-point favorite with the total set low at 32.5 points on their Hall of Fame Game odds. For anyone who likes to wager on the NFL moneyline, Buffalo is listed as a -125 favorite with the betting odds set at +105 for a play on the Giants.

Both of these teams come into a new season of football with something to prove. New York stumbled out of the gate in 2013 with six straight losses on its way to an overall record of 7-9. The Bills suffered through their third straight 6-10 campaign and you would have to go back all the way to 2004 to find the last time they finished above .500.

The prospect for any kind of dramatic turnaround for either ball club does not appear to be too encouraging with the Giants listed as 25/1 longshots to win the NFC and +300 second favorites to win their division on the Bodog NFL futures board. Buffalo’s odds to win the AFC are even longer at 40/1 and it has the longest odds to win the AFC East this season at +850.

The one encouraging prop bet for both teams is their projected win total for the regular season. New York’s projected win total has been set at eight with the moneyline odds favoring the OVER at -130 and the Bills' win total of 6.5 has a -155 moneyline on the OVER, so the betting public has both these teams finishing with more wins than they had in 2013.

And as for the Hall of Fame Game betting matchup itself, the Giants head into Sunday night’s clash with a 3-2 record both straight-up and against the spread in their last five games of the 2013 season and they were 7-9 ATS overall. The total stayed UNDER in four of their final five games. Buffalo was 2-3 both SU and ATS in its last five games and the total went OVER in three of those contests. The Bills finished 2013 with an even 8-8 record ATS and the total went OVER in 10 of their 16 games.