The Buffalo Bills face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 of the 2017 regular season, but they begin training camp at very different times. While Buffalo waits until next Thursday, August 26th, to take their first reps of training camp, the Ravens begin training camp today, more than a week earlier.
Because the Ravens are playing in the NFL’s Hall of Fame Game, they will have five preseason games and an extra week of practice. Is that an unfair advantage? Hardly.
In 2017, the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals met on the field in Canton, Ohio. While the Cowboys on their opening regular season game, it was a 19-3 win over the New York Giants, who were terrible in 2017. The Cardinals lost their Week 1 game.
In 2016, the game was canceled due to poor field conditions.
2014 saw the Bills win their opening game following their loss in the Hall of Fame game while the New York Giants lost their Week 1 tilt.
Over the last four seasons, teams that play in the Hall of Fame Game are 2-4 in Week 1 of the regular season, so while the Ravens might get an extra week of preparation for the regular season, it probably doesn’t mean anything in the long run.