The wait is finally over. Fans will get their first taste of NFL action in months when the Hall of Fame game gets underway Thursday night. It will feature two of the most iconic franchises in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Usually, such a match-up would be more than enough to interest bettors. But we are talking about the preseason here. The Cowboys left several players at home, and the Steelers probably did the same. It is a ‘game’, but it is a game that no one will try too hard to win. Both teams will be more concerned about walking away without anyone getting hurt—which can take some of the fun out of betting.
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Hall Of Fame Game Bullseye Promotion
Sharps will know what they are doing when it comes to betting on preseason action. But to the rest of us, it is a guessing game. But if you do your homework, you can make a sound, educated bet on the outcome of a preseason game.
To encourage bettors to give it a shot, WynnBET is offering the ‘Bullseye’ promotion. Place a bet on the point spread. If the final score is equal to the value of your wager, then you win a $100 free bet.
The Dallas Cowboys rarely make any effort to win preseason games. So, let’s say you take the Steelers to win against the spread (-2), and you put down $50. Should the final score be 36-14, 26-24, 42-8, or any other combination of 50, you win a $100 free bet.
How should you bet? Mike Tomlin has gone 9-3 in the preseason over the last three years (not including 2020, of course). As for Mike McCarthy, he was 13-7 during preseason play his last five years in Green Bay. So, it looks like he may try to win, too.
But the Cowboys left so many guys at home that you have to wonder if they will ask Drew Pearson to put off going into the Hall and suit up one more time. Take Pittsburgh to win a relatively low-scoring game.
Who Will Score The First Touchdown?
Along with the Bullseye promotion, WynnBET is offering an intriguing prop bet—who is going to score the first touchdown of the game?
During the regular season, this one would not be too hard to figure out. Both teams have tendencies, so you would focus on one of the guys most likely to get the ball in the red zone. But in the preseason, it is different.
Teams tend to try different things making tendencies irrelevant. Not only that, but you cannot count on the names you recognize being in the game for long. That is probably why the ‘Field’ has the best odds at +800.
Some of the other favorites and their odds are as follows:
- Najee Harris +1000
- Jaylen Samuels, Tony Pollard +1200
- Diontae Johnson, JaQuan Hardy, Rico Dowdie +1500
- Benny Snell, Cedrick Wilson, Derek Watt, James Washington, Malik Turner, Rico Busey, Sewo Olonilua +2000
You can see the complete list of options when you visit via the WynnBET mobile app. So– how should you bet?
Well—do not expect Najee Harris to be in the game long; one series, if he even plays. Do not count on either team leaving their primary reserve players in the game for long, either. Yes, Tony Pollard will likely start the game in the backfield for Dallas. But he may play a quarter, at most.
The Cowboys reserves are garbage, so do not count on them to score much (if at all). More than likely, the Steelers will score first. So, go with someone like Jaylen Samuels, Benny Snell, or James Washington.
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Teams To Make College Football Playoffs
While the playoffs are expected to expand in the future, for now, the field still consists of just four teams. WynnBET is giving fans a chance to bet on who those four teams will be. Bettors will not be able to pick and choose the four teams they want to bet on. WynnBET is offering 31 combinations.
As expected, Alabama is in many of them (19 of 31), as is Clemson (22 of 31). Bettors will also find Georgia, Ohio State, and Oklahoma well represented.
These are a handful of the combinations WynnBET has odds posted for:
- Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma: +300
- Field: +500
- Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma: +800
- Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M: +2000
- Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M: +4000
- Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Oklahoma: +7500
- Alabama, Cincinnati, Clemson, Iowa State: +15000
Arguments can be made for several of the options listed, but the favorite is the safest bet of the bunch. There is no reason to doubt Alabama or Clemson. Oklahoma will be back in the mix now that Spencer Rattler has gotten his feet wet.
There is no reason to doubt Ryan Day will have Ohio State ready to compete for a spot, either.