The highly anticipated 2023 Hall of Fame Game will be played on Thursday night. The New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns will go head-to-head in Canton, Ohio. The Jets are very small favorites at -1.5 with bet365 sportsbook. The action appears to be favoring New York in recent days. They were -110 on that line a short time ago, however, they have shortened a tad to -115. You have to wonder if the Jets will be -2.0 or -2.5 in the hours before kickoff.
2023 Hall of Fame Game: Zach Willson the Best QB Likely to Play
The Jets recently confirmed that rising star Zach Wilson will be taking the field for this matchup. This decision may have been what tilted the odds slightly in favor of the Jets. Wilson has been disappointing through the first two years of his career. Many will be keen to see if he has made any effective adjustments over the offseason.
These preseason games are a lot more mysterious than regular-season games. No one knows what to expect when a hodge-podge of players come together. Many of them are players that would not get regular season experience. Or, at least, they would be more limited. Furthermore, there’s always a question of coaching during the preseason. The coaches are usually testing the waters for chemistry instead of going full throttle for victory. It all makes the betting lines harder to have faith in.
Zach Wilson Makes the Jets the Best Pick
You have probably heard the saying “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.” Well, in the land of the NFL preseason, a below-average quarterback that has started a ton of regular-season games might not be king but he’d make a good knight.
Zach Wilson, unlike many other preseason players, has a significant amount of NFL experience under his belt. With 22 regular season games in his young career, he surpasses many defenders who will be sharing the field. His track record proves that he is capable of holding his own in most regular-season games. That makes him a valuable asset against the competition of preseason caliber.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson is expected to be the main quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland.com headlined on Wednesday morning “Browns rookie QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson ready for another step in development Thursday night” (Irie Harris). DTR is a 5th-round pick from the most recent NFL Draft. Thompson-Robinson isn’t expected to be the only QB Cleveland will use. However, they aren’t expected to field Deshaun Watson and that means the Jets should have a huge edge.
It’s nearing the time to place your wagers. We recommend the Jets to cover -1.5 in the main markets. And if you’re a fan of moneyline betting, now’s the perfect opportunity to dive in with odds of -130 (tending to shorten). Looking for some prop bets? Well, the Jets seem to have the upper hand in terms of blowout potential. So, why not take a chance on the OVER 17.5 points for their team total with NYJ? The best part is, you’ll be getting even odds at -105 in the Team Props category.