2022 NFL Hall of Fame Game Odds: Should Bettors Target the Under in Raiders vs. Jaguars?

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  • The NFL preseason gets underway on Thursday night with the 2022 Hall of Fame Game.
  • The Raiders and Jaguars will face off in Canton on Thursday night, but don't expect to see many familiar faces on the field.
  • Evan Abrams breaks down the historical data on where there's value for bettors in the Hall of Fame Game.

NFL Hall of Fame Game Odds

Raiders Odds-2.5
Jaguars Odds+2.5
DateThursday, Aug. 4
Time8 p.m. ET

*NFL odds as of Wednesday morning

We've waited 172 long days, but football is finally back! Granted, it's preseason football, and we are probably in for a lot of Jake Luton.

But it's football nonetheless!

The 2022 version of the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday (8 p.m. ET, NBC) has the Las Vegas Raiders listed as 2.5-point favorites over the Jacksonville Jaguars with the total sitting at 30.5 after it was all the way at 33.5 earlier in the offseason.

According to the Action Network’s public betting data, 69% of bets on the Hall of Fame Game total have landed on the under, so bettors are clearly banking on a lower-scoring game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

At first glance, the total of 30.5 might stick out – and you would be correct. At 30.5, it would be not only the lowest total for any Hall of Fame Game in 15-plus years, but it is also tied for the lowest total for any preseason game since 2004 (a sample of approximately 1,000 games).

The 2004 game also listed at 30.5 was between Washington (QB:  Mark Brunell, Tim Hasselbeck, Patrick Ramsey) and the Carolina Panthers (QB: Chris Weinke, Rodney Peete, Jake Delhomme) that went over the total, with a final score of 23-20 for the Panthers.

Last year's Hall of Fame Game between the Cowboys and Steelers actually opened at 34, closed at 32 and ended with a 16-3 win for Pittsburgh. The trend of unders in the first game of the year has been a storyline for some time now.

Since 2000, the under is 12-7 in the 19 total Hall of Fame Games, but more recently the lack of scoring has been glaring. Since 2010, the under is 7-2, going under the listed total by 6.2 points per game. In the past six Hall of Fame Games since 2014, only one team has scored 20 points or more: the Cowboys in 2017.

As of now, sportsbooks have about 15 preseason games up on the board, and Thursday's Hall of Fame Game has the lowest over/under by a full point.

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