Outlooks for Steelers, Cowboys


Don’t get caught napping! Pro football returns Thursday night with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio (8 p.m. ET, Fox).

A couple of quirky things about this year’s matchup:

— It was supposed to be played last year. Pittsburgh-Dallas was scheduled for Canton in 2020 but was canceled because of COVID-19.

— The HOF matchup is traditionally a Sunday night game on NBC. But because of Olympic commitments on that network, football bettors will be parked in front of Fox on Thursday night. 

How have bettors been hitting the game? Honestly, the South Point hasn’t seen much early action. I opened the game Pittsburgh -1 based on my initial assessment of projected exhibition lineups. First bets came in on the Steelers, so I moved to Pittsburgh -1.5. I can’t say there was significant sharp interest. That could show up in the hours before kickoff once more is publicly (and privately) known about how much action key players will see. 

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