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Hall of Fame Game open thread: Broncos vs. Falcons

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NFL: Pro Football Hall of Fame Game-Atlanta Falcons vs Denver Broncos Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long, cold, hard offseason. It feels like I haven’t done an NFL game thread in months, and in fact the last one was the Super Bowl. But football is back, baby! Tonight is the Hall of Fame Game between the choke artist Falcons against the Most Hated Rival of our beloved Raiders, the Denver Broncos, who like to talk an awful lot of smack about Oakland considering they were only a shade better last year.

The Broncos will be sitting Joe Flacco for this game, a strategy Baltimore employed last year and went to the playoffs because of it. Instead, “Hollywood” Kevin Hogan will start for the Donks against a pretty okay Atlanta defense.

The Falcons drafted a pair of offensive linemen early, but tackle Kaleb McGary is undergoing a heart procedure and is out for a few months so he won’t play tonight. Don’t expect to see many star players for long, if at all.

You can enjoy this football-like substance at 5 PM Pacific on NBC. Enjoy the game!