Pick Bills -1.5 Over Giants in NFL Hall of Fame Game

David Lawrence

Friday, August 1, 2014 7:49 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 7:49 PM UTC

The NFL is back, and the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants are set to kick things off in this year's Hall of Fame Game. We preview this matchup to help you decide if sports bettors can find an edge worth exploiting in this season's opener.

The Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will kickstart the 2014 NFL preseason on Sunday with the annual Hall of Fame Game. Although we’d like to get extended looks of Bills second-year starter E.J. Manuel and the Giants new up-tempo offense coordinated by Ben McAdoo, the reality is that we’ll see a lot of backups in this glorified practice.


Is There A Coaching Edge?
Both coaches don’t seem to care too much for preseason games, so we don’t see a clear edge here. On one hand, Tom Coughlin, who has more experience with the Giants, is just 19-21 SU in preseason games. However, the Giants are just 11-17 in his last 28 preseason contests.

As for Bills head coach Doug Marrone, this is only his second year on the job after going 2-2 in the preseason last year. His crew won their first two preseason games last year and lost their final two.


Who Has The Edge In Quarterback Depth?
This is where the real edge in this game lies. The Giants are not likely to play Eli Manning much in this game – if at all – which means that we’ll see plenty of Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib. Painter has a couple of NFL starts on his resume but he is one of the league’s worst backup quarterbacks. As for Nassib, he’s project and by all accounts, has looked pretty bad in training camp.

As for the Bills, they may or may not play their starter Manuel, although he probably plays some since he needs the repetitions. Backups Thad Lewis, Jeff Tuel and Dennis Dixon have all played in regular season action and Lewis is probably one of the league’s better backup quarterbacks. The clear edge here goes to the Bills.

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This is pretty much a nothing game but the Bills quarterback depth should be the difference. Not only do they have the better rotation, keep in mind that the Bills likely aren’t taking four quarterbacks into the regular season. That means Tuel and Dixon will be trying pretty hard in this one as they are fighting for No. 3 job. Take the Bills.

NFL Pick: Bills -1.5 at TheGreek

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