Pro Football Hall of Fame game 2018 is an annual National Football League exhibition game that is held the weekend of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s induction ceremonies. The game is played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, which is located adjacent to the Hall of Fame building in Canton, Ohio. It is traditionally the first game in the NFL’s preseason, marking the end of the NFL’s six-month offseason.
So why should you be excited for the NFL Hall of Fame game 2018
Event: Hall of Fame game 2018
Team: Baltimore Ravens vs Chicago Bears
When: Thursday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio
Sure, it’s a preseason game and you probably won’t recognize roughly 50 percent of the players on the field, but it is football and there will be plenty of things to watch for when the Ravens battle the Bears in Canton, Ohio on Thursday night.
For one, there’s a good chance that we’re going to get our first look at Lamar Jackson. Although the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco will be the team’s starting quarterback this season, Flacco likely won’t be playing against the Bears, which means we should see a heavy dose of Jackson and his electrifying skills.
During an interview this week, Jackson sounded a lot like he was expecting to play. The first-round pick said he wanted to use the Hall of Fame game to prove to America that he’s “a quarterback.”
“And just show the growth from college to my new chapter,” Jackson said.
Besides Jackson, the Ravens also have another intriguing option at quarterback in Robert Griffin III, who you might remember more as the the last quarterback to lead the Browns to a win. Although we’ll likely see both of those players in action, Ravens coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t reveal any details about who he plans to play in the game, despite knowing exactly who he plans to play.
“We have that set,” Harbaugh said of the QB plans for the Hall of Fame game, via the AP. “I never really talk about that. We just go do it. But we have the quarterback rotation set, and then we’ll organize the rest of it … There’ll be some guys who won’t play in that game, probably you might guess the guys who haven’t practiced as much that first week.”