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Previews, Picks and Analysis NFL Hall of Fame Game

The NFL season is quickly approaching much to the relief of every football fan. This weekend though, all of us will get a taste for what’s coming with the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts playing in the Hall of Fame Game. Keep reading for a preview and some predictions.

Green Bay Packers vs Indianapolis Colts

  • Time: Sunday, August 07, 2016 8:00 PM ET
  • Place: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
  • Betting Line: Indianapolis -3
  • Total: 34

Green Bay Packers

It’s no secret that teams often don’t take a chance of playing their starters often in the preseason. So it’s not surprising that Aaron Rodgers won’t take the field this Sunday to keep him safe and healthy. Green Bay knows all too well what an injury to a player in the preseason means when Jordy Nelson suffered one in last year’s preseason.

It’s surprising though that backup QB Brett Hundley also won’t be playing in the Hall of Fame game, but it does give the Packers rookie QBs a chance at some game time.

Analysts expect either Joe Callahan or Marquise Williams to start and it will give us as bettors some insight as to how these players may perform in the pros. The Packers will also have to contend with injuries to other players on both sides of the ball. Just before training camp began, the Packers had six players on the physically unable to perform list: Nelson, tight end Jared Cook, receiver and return Ty Montgomery, guard T.J. Lang, center Corey Linsley, and linebacker Sam Barrington. Lang is the only one back in practice, but the rest are not which should give other players a shot to play.

Indianapolis Colts

Colts manager Chuck Pagano has another idea in his head in regards to who will play. He’s mentioned that all of his starters will have play time and though Andrew Luck or Frank Gore might not see too much time on the field, they’ll be there for kickoff.

If you recall, Luck had to deal with a host of injuries last year and didn’t play in too many games. In fact, he only played in seven games altogether. This means that backup QB Scott Tolzien will probably get most of the playing time to keep Luck healthy enough for the long run. Last year the Colts didn’t make it to the playoffs so don’t expect to see much of Luck until the real action starts during the regular season.

The Colts are also dealing with injuries to a few key players. Safety Clayton Geathers and Andrew Williamson are both on the injured list and this is worrying for the Colts on defense and you should expect some changes down the line.

On the offense, Indianapolis will likely turn to its five rookie offensive linemen. First-round draft pick and former Oklahoma center/guard Ryan Kelly is dealing with a shoulder injury, which shifted right guard Jonotthan Harrison over and put rookie Austin Blythe on deck.

Game Prediction: This game doesn’t carry much weight to it, but we’re expecting the Colts to win.