The NFL's annual Hall of Fame Game kicks off the preseason with the Miami Dolphins facing the Dallas Cowboys from Canton, Ohio Sunday.
But how do the Hall of Fame Game participants fare in Week 1 of the NFL's regular season? Does the extra exhibition game have any effect for bettor or worse?
We looked at the numbers and noticed a glaring trend over the last five seasons that included the Hall of Fame game. (There was no game in 2011 due to the lockout.)
Since 2007, the 10 teams that participated in the game are just 2-8 SU (straight up) in their Week 1 games.
The combined ATS (against the spread) record is 4-6 ATS and the over/under record is 4-6.
Since 1999, the Cowboys and Dolphins have played a pair of HOF Games apiece. Dallas (2010, 1999) is 1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS and 1-1 O/U in their two Week 1 games.
Miami (2005, 2001) is 2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS and 2-0 O/U in their Week 1 games after playing the extra preseason game.
The Cowboys ring in their regular season campaign against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football in Week 1. The Cowboys are currently 2.5-point home faves with a total of 49.
The Dolphins are back in Ohio to face the Cleveland Browns in their regular season opener. The Fins are currently 1.5-point road faves and the total is 39.5.