The Pittsburgh Steelers are all set to take on the Minnesota Vikings in the opening NFL pre-season Hall of Fame game on August 9. One of the concerns fans (and the fans involved in football betting) have about the Steelers is the lack of balance - their team is a completely new one. The retirement of Troy Polamalu has left the team to rely on Shamarko Thomas, their third man who will have to make an attempt to win the position, and maintain it too. The plus point is the Steelers' offense, which is the best they have had so far, under Mike Tomlin's coaching. This is something the online sportsbooks are counting on.
The Vikings have Teddy Bridgewater, who ranked among the top two in quarterback ranking, can lead the team to victory, provided he carries his success streak with him into his second year. Punters wagering big and online sportsbooks are counting on him. Also, the Vikings better hope that Matt Kalil bounces back into form this season, for the last one he had 10 penalties, for which he blamed his bad knee. The Vikings also have another concern with the cornerback Josh Robinson injuring himself before the minicamp. Robinson tore a pectoral muscle, which makes his status in the game a mystery. Vikings are under Mike Zimmer, who is in the second year as coach for the team.
Both the teams have a player each being inducted into the hall of fame this year. Jerome Bettis, the running back for Steelers and Mick Tingelhoff, center for the Vikings are the two players who will be among the 8 men being elected to the hall. The day after the men are inducted, their two teams will play the first pre-season game, which also marks the beginning of the football betting season for this year.