Six former players will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, a day before the NFL betting season begins. They are Michael Irvin, who was a Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys, first-ballot selection Bruce Matthews who was a 14-time Pro Bowler with Houston, Thurman Thomas, who played in four Super Bowls for Buffalo, defensive back Roger Wehrli, a five-time NFL All-Pro cornerback for the St. Louis Rams; tight end Charlie Sanders, a seven-time Pro Bowler for Detroit; and guard Gene Hickerson, who was a great offensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns. Sanders and Hickerson were nominated by the veterans' committee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The six Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees all had to receive at least 80% support from a panel of 40 Pro Football Hall of Fame voters.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame game matches up the Pittsburgh Steelers against the New Orleans Saints in NFL betting lines. The Steelers will try and bounce back from an 8-8 season that disappointed NFL betting fans. NFL Football betting players should know that new head coach Mike Tomlin has a lot of new things to implement and is especially concerned about the defense. NFL betting players know that on offense the team is not expected to do much different although new coordinator Bruce Arians may make some minor adjustments to former coordinator Ken Whisenhunt’s offense. The question for Pittsburgh NFL betting fans will be how Ben Roethlisberger bounces back from a sub-par season.
The New Orleans Saints had a great 2006 season for NFL betting players and expect similar success in 2007. NFL betting players will be watching the Pro Football Hall of Fame game to see if the Saints have improved the defense. They picked up many players in the off-season including linebackers Brian Simmons and Dhani Jones. They also are trying to fit in cornerback Jason David, safety Kevin Kaesviharn and defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy. The offense should again be potent for NFL betting fans with quarterback Drew Brees and running back Reggie Bush but the team will be looking to replace receiver Joe Horn and tight end Ernie Conwell who were released. Rookie Robert Meachem out of Tennessee should take over one spot and Eric Johnson may be the new tight end. NFL betting fans should know that they also have a new kicker as former Dolphin Olindo Mare takes over for John Carney.