When Is the 2019 Hall of Fame Game? Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver Broncos Date, Kick-off Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream

The NFL preseason begins on Thursday night as the Denver Broncos meet the Atlanta Falcons in the Hall of Fame Game.

The traditional curtain-raiser of the NFL preseason precedes the Class of 2019 enshrinement ceremony, which will take place on Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Both the Falcons and the Broncos will play five games each in this preseason, as opposed to the other 30 teams, who will all play four games.

Here's everything you need to know about Thursday night.

When and where is the game?

As is tradition, the Hall of Fame Game takes place at the Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, which is located adjacent to the Hall of Fame building.

Kick-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

TV coverage

The Hall of Fame game will be broadcast exclusively on NBC Sports.

Live stream

Fans can watch the Hall of Fame game on NBC Sports website and via NBC Sports digital platforms. A live stream will also be available via fuboTV.

Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons is seen in the offensive huddle during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. The Falcons won 34-32. Joe Robbins/Getty

What to look out for

The Falcons haven't played in the Hall of Fame game in 25 years and are looking to get back to the postseason after falling short last year for the first time since 2015.

Despite ending the season on a three-game winning run, the Falcons finished 7-9 and had to settle for second place in the NFC South behind the New Orleans Saints.

After Marquand Manuel was fired head coach Dan Quinn took on the position of defensive coordinator, a role which he last held during his spell with the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013-14 campaign.

The Falcons ranked 25th defensively last season and it will be intriguing to see what, if any, impact Quinn will have on that side of the ball.

Aside from shouldering additional duties, he will be hoping his team has better luck this season. Last year the Falcons were ravaged by injuries, losing seven starters.

The Broncos also missed out on the postseason, losing the last four games of the regular campaign to finish in third place in the AFC West with a 6-10 record.

After missing out on the playoffs in both of his seasons in charge, Vance Joseph was replaced as head coach by Vic Fangio, who spent the last seven years as defensive coordinator in San Francisco and Chicago.

During his last season in the Windy City, Fangio helped the Bears develop the best defense in the league. A similar impact will be needed in Denver.

The Broncos had the league's best defense in 2017, before plummeting to 22nd last season. Aside from a new head coach, the Broncos also have a brand new quarterback in Joe Flacco.

The former Baltimore Ravens played just nine regular-season games before losing his place to Lamar Jackson last season, throwing for 2,465 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Flacco, however, will not suit up on Thursday, with Kevin Hogan set to start.

Odds

According to Westgate Superbook, the Broncos are 63/100 favorite (-160 in moneyline terms), while the Falcons are 7/5 underdogs. Atlanta has a dismal recent record in pre-season, losing eight times in eight games over the last two years.

The over/under is bar set at 34.

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