NFL Odds & Predictions: Hall Of Fame Game- Chicago Bears at Baltimore Ravens (August 2nd 2018)
Chicago and Baltimore Get NFL Season Started with Hall of Fame Game
Preseason games are always hard to handicap given how it’ll be mostly the backups playing. This game should not be any exception to the rule as these are the only teams in the league who will play five preseason games. The name of the game will be to avoid injuries and see what the backups can do.
On the bright side though, these are two teams with a whole lot to play for.
Nagy helped lead the Chiefs to one of the most surprise offensive seasons in recent memory and it started all the way in week one when Alex Smith guided his team to a high scoring win over the defending champion Patriots.
Now he has second year QB Mitch Trubisky to mentor in his first full season as the starter. But the lions share of the snaps in this one -if not all of them- will go to serviceable backup (and ex-Chief) Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray.
This team retooled on offense, starting with the signing of Allen Robinson who seemed to be a star in the making before a down 2016 season was followed by a torn ACL in game one last season. Kevin White is an in-house first round pick who has missed significant time in every season. TE Trey Burton is a major upgrade at tight end and it all goes to support the exciting running back tandem of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen.
The defense was already a strong part of the team and will look to build off of last year’s success.
The Ravens in the meanwhile have only made the playoffs once in the last five years which has put head coach Jim Harbaugh on the hot seat. This is also the last year for long-time GM Ozzie Newsome.
He’s trying to go out with a bang with the drafting of QB Lamar Jackson and the signing of former #2 overall pick Robert Griffin to be the third string. QB Joe Flacco seems to have gotten the message and is healthy for the first time in three years and has looked incredible in camp.
That’s in spite a completely retooled wide receiving corps with Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead IV leading the way.
Historically, Baltimore has been a great preseason team in the Harbaugh era with a 27-13 record ATS. Last year Chicago went 2-2 in the preseason ATS with former coach John Fox.
Baltimore is -2.5 point favorites and the over/under is 33. I think with Jackson and Griffin taking the lions share of snaps as backup QBs, that seems like a clear edge for Baltimore. Games like this are typically decided by fourth quarter scrubs. The Pick: Ravens 24-14.