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NFL Hall of Fame Game Betting Preview

The NFL's preseason schedule begins on Sunday night with the Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, with the oddsmakers at Bovada setting the line for the matchup between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills at -2.5 points, after opening as a pick'em (with the total at 32.5) heading into the week.

Both the Giants and the Bills missed the playoffs last season, with New York going 7-9 both SU and ATS to end up in third place in the NFC East, and Buffalo going 6-10 SU and 8-8 ATS to end up in fourth place in the AFC East.

And the oddsmakers don't have either team favored to climb to the top of their respective division standings this upcoming season, with the Giants at +300 at Bovada on the NFL odds to win the NFC East (behind the +130 Eagles), and the Bills the +850 longshots at the sportsbook to win the AFC East.

Buffalo is also at 40/1 odds to win the AFC at Bovada and at 75/1 odds to win the Super Bowl. New York sits at 25/1 odds to win the NFC and at 40/1 odds to win the Super Bowl.

[ See the latest odds to win the Super Bowl at the new OddsShark NFL futures page ]

The Bills went 2-2 both SU and ATS in the preseason last year, with the OVER/UNDER going 2-2 for totals bettors in those contests. The Giants went just 1-3 both SU and ATS in the preseason last year, with the OVER/UNDER going 2-2.

Overall Buffalo is 5-4 SU and 3-5-1 ATS on the NFL betting trends in its last 10 games against New York dating all the way back to 1987, with the two teams last meeting in October 2011 when the Giants won 27-24 as a 3-point home favorite on the NFL odds. That game was an OVER result.

Kickoff for the Hall of Fame Game betting matchup at Fawcett Stadium is set for 8:00pm ET on Sunday night. The NFL's preseason schedule then gets underway in earnest on Thursday, August 7 with six games - Indianapolis at the Jets, New England at Washington, San Francisco at Baltimore, Cincinnati at Kansas City, Seattle at Denver, and Dallas at San Diego.

On Friday, August 8 it's Miami at Atlanta, Buffalo at Carolina, Tampa Bay at Jacksonville, Oakland at Minnesota, Philadelphia at Chicago, and New Orleans at St. Louis in preseason NFL betting action at the sportsbooks. Saturday, August 9 then has Cleveland at Detroit, Pittsburgh at the Giants, Green Bay at Tennessee, and Houston at Arizona.