Las Vegas Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Hall of Fame Game Pre-Season Pick – August 4

Following yet another football off-season that spanned far too long, football returns on Thursday night in the annual Hall of Fame Game live from Canton, Ohio. This year’s matchup features two new head coaches, both of whom will no doubt be looking to make an early mark in training camp. Doug Pederson enters to take over the Jacksonville Jaguars, while longtime Pats’ assistant Josh McDaniels will be overseeing the Las Vegas Raiders.

While the Raiders improbably made the playoffs in 2021, many are expecting this talented group to take another step forward here in 2022. Going out and getting Davante Adams will most certainly raise the expectations, though playing in a supremely competitive AFC West division won’t make things easy on the new-look Raiders.

For the Jags, their division is a bit easier in the AFC South, though this season will quite likely be all about progress and development. Following the disaster that was Urban Meyer last season, look for Pedersen to build back Trevor Lawrence, and ensure this young team can grow and develop together. The Jags have a wealth of young pieces, and made some shrewd moves in free agency as well. The improvement is coming, but 2022 might just be too soon for this talented crew.

As is always the case with pre-season matches of any sport, please be sure to tread with caution when wagering. Starters in the NFL really only play heavily in Week 3 of the exhibition slate, and expect a healthy dose of back-ups at all other times. Be sure to have a look at depth charts and second and third-teamers, as we’ll be sure to cover as well. Read on beneath the current odds for our first NFL prediction of 2022 in this year’s Hall of Fame Game, between the Jags and Raiders. Enjoy!

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Live Odds & Betting History

Betting odds provided by BOVADA

TEAMS JAGUARS RAIDERS
MONEYLINE +115 -135
SPREAD +2.5 (-110) -2.5 (-110)
TOTAL Over 30.5 (-110) Under 30.5 (-110)
TEAM DATA (2021) RAIDERS JAGUARS
Overall Record 10-8-0 3-14-0
ATS Record 8-10-0 5-12-0
Home/Away Record 5-4-0 2-7-0
Points Per Game 21.8 14.8
Points Against Per Game 25.8 26.8
Passing Yards Per Game 288.7 202.9
Rushing Yards Per Game 95.4 103.6

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Prediction:

With both coaches entering brand new situations, don’t be surprised to see Thursday’s contest be a little more competitive than we’ve become used to in pre-season football. After all, who wouldn’t want to start out a winner?

Yes, many starters, if not all, will be rested across both sidelines. But still, both teams have done well this past off-season to enhance their squad depth, and enter Thursday’s contest with a lot of evaluation and cuts still to come. Often times, evaluating the pre-season can come down to sifting through the depth chart of rosters, and assessing the best opportunities.

As of this writing, we know the Jaguars won’t be dressing Lawrence, or likely backup in C.J. Beathard. Instead, Jacksonville will use this game to primarily audition for the available number three QB role, in what is slated to be a battle between Jake Luton and Kyle Sloter. Both have limited NFL experience, and while Sloter does possess some high-quality athleticism, it’s unlikely either will do too much damage, or be able to move the chains with regularity.

Josh McDaniels hasn’t tipped his hand as clearly as Pederson has, but the expectation is that Derek Carr will be out, and the bulk of QB playing time will be handled by Nick Mullens and Jarrett Stidham. That is actually quite the impressive tandem for pre-season quarterbacks, as both Mullens and Stidham possess recent NFL starting experience. Expect both of those veterans to have some success against the reserve defenses of the Jaguars, especially given how woeful Jacksonville was against the pass in 2021.

It’s also worth noting that it seems that this game does mean a little more to Vegas and McDaniels, compared to how their opponents are treating it. Of course, many know that McDaniels grew up in Canton, Ohio – graduating from the high school right next to Tom Benson Stadium. Vegas even left camp early to head up north to Canton, touring the Hall of Fame alongside their new head coach, which could provide some insight as to how the Raiders will be approaching Thursday’s contest.

It also helps to know that McDaniels grew up coaching under Bill Belichick, in the sense that every snap in every game matters. McDaniels has been grilling proper habits into his roster over the past couple weeks at training camp, and won’t want his team to rest on their laurels just before their first kickoff. He’ll be looking for his Raiders to make a statement, especially with him returning to a head coaching position for the first time in twelve years. Nick Mullens is a quality backup in the NFL, while Stidham has had all kinds of success with McDaniels going back to their days in New England together.

Raiders vs. Jaguars Trends To Know:

  • Jaguars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
  • Jaguars are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog.
  • Jaguars are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
  • Under is 4-0 in Raiders last 4 games as a favorite.
  • Under is 4-1 in Raiders last 5 games overall.

While determining motivation can always be a tad problematic before any pre-season sport, it seems like McDaniels and the Raiders will be playing the better players, and taking Thursday’s contest a bit more seriously.  Mullens and Stidham are the better QB’s than Luton and Sloter, and Vegas’ superior depth at the skill positions should win out.  Though there was a big line move in the Raiders’ favor on Tuesday night, the value still sits with Vegas in this contest.  Back the Raiders to get it done for Josh McDaniels on Thursday.  Football is back, baby!

Our Pick
Raiders -2.5
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.

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