The waiting is finally over for discouraged NFL bettors as Sundayâ€™s Hall of Fame Game begins a 65 game pre-season schedule for the prelude of the football season. All eyes will be glued to NBC because in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of the National Football League gets underway on Sunday.
The Eagles look to preserve a perfect record in Hall of Fame Games, in the 44th renewal of the time-honored pre-season kickoff classic in Canton, Ohio, when they face Oakland on Sunday. The Raiders hopes to complement the Saturday Hall of Fame induction of legendary Raiders coach John Madden with a third win in Canton. An Eagles victory, however, would honor the late defensive end Reggie White, whoâ€™ll join the Hall with Madden on Saturday. Maddux Sports wonâ€™t be releasing any nfl picks on this game, but we have provided a preview for the readers.
Oakland finished 2005 in the basement of the AFC West posting a miserable 4-12 record that included a losing their last 6 games, so naturally Pinnacle has installed the Raiders as three point underdogs and posted a total of 36.5 on the game. The Raiders expect improvement with the return of head coach Art Shell replacing Norv Turner. Since guiding the Raiders to three playoff appearances in five seasons and posting a 54-38 record with Shell at the helm, Oakland has made it to the playoffs only three times in the following 11 years.
Sunday marks the debut of veteran quarterback Aaron Brooks in the Silver and Black as he takes the reigns of an ineffective offense from Kerry Collins. Brooks heads into Oakland tied for fourth-most TD passes (111) in the past five years hoping to re-establish the vertical passing game by taking full benefit of Randy Mossâ€™ big-play capability. The Raiders as usual arenâ€™t without controversy entering the 2006 season as wide receiver Jerry Porter has requested a trade and will miss the Hall of Fame game with a calf strain.
The Eagles are also coming off a substandard 2005 football season, finishing 6-10 at the bottom of the NFC East after reaching the Super Bowl the prior season. Head coach Andy Reid chose the line of scrimmage as the key Achilles’ heel for the Eagles last season and expects Phillyâ€™s off-season signings to solve the problem. Adding six players via free agency, eight draft picks and returning several key players from injury, should give the Eagles a fresh look and feel when they take the field.
Philadelphia also enters 2006 without the off-field distractions and antics of Terrell Owens, who was released and later joined the Dallas Cowboys. The T.O.-less Eagles will turn to second-year receiver Reggie Brown in the passing game, but Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook are expected to carry the team on offense.
We have this game as a toss up at the current numbers but you can get 2.5 or 3 on this game whichever side you want to take so be sure to check out the live NFL lines comparison page at Maddux Sports for the up to date point spreads of this and all scheduled NFL games.