NFL-X Preview: Cards, Boys' Meet in Canton



#241 Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals (8 PM ET Thursday, August 3)

The first step to the NFL regular season begins tonight in Canton, Ohio where the Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys collide in the Hall of Fame Game. The first preseason game of the year is set for 8 PM ET at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium where Dallas is a -1 point pick.

The game opened with Arizona as a 1-point favorite at many offshore shops but just about all books have moved the line to a pick’em or Cowboys -1. The total opened as high as 37 but sits between 35 and 36.5.

The NFL cancelled the Hall of Fame Game last season because of unsafe field conditions, but the ground is in great shape and the weather forecast has been good all week.

Don’t expect either team to play any of its starters on Thursday night. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians already ruled out his entire first team while Cowboys coach Jason Garrett hasn’t given a definitive answer but it’s safe to assume Dallas’ starters won’t see the field either based on his decision-making in past years.


Arizona is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing year going 7-8-1 straight up and 6-10 against the spread. The Cowboys are the favorites to win the NFC East and look to build off of last year’s 13-3 record.

Dallas is 12-18 ATS in preseason action under Jason Garrett but 2-0 SU and ATS in two Hall of Fame Games with Garrett in charge.

The UNDER is 16-12-2 and was 8-16-2 until Dallas played over the total in all four preseason games last year.

The OVER is 9-7 in the Cards 16 preseason games with Arians running the show.


The game time temperature is expected to be around 76 with a chance for thundershowers.

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