Raiders cruise to victory over Jaguars in Hall of Fame game

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The Las Vegas Raiders gave coach Josh McDaniels a successful homecoming in his debut on the bench.

Josh Jacobs, rookie Zamir White and Austin Walter ran well on a rain-soaked field as the Raiders defeated Jacksonville 27-11 in the Hall of Fame game Thursday night, spoiling coach Doug Pederson’s first game. with the Jaguars.

McDaniels grew up in this historic football town and played for his father, Thom McDaniels, at Canton McKinley High School on this field at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, known as Fawcett Stadium during his time as a varsity quarterback and kicker. .

“It was a unique opportunity, very grateful to have had it,” McDaniels said. “It’s the first time I’ve been to this Hall of Fame game in 22 years. Getting the chance to do it with him here, my family and the people who helped me along the way, it was a special night for them. I really enjoyed it. enjoyment”.

Derek Carr and Davante Adams warmed up but didn’t get a chance to play their first game together since Fresno State. Carr, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, and Adams, the All-Pro wide receiver acquired in a blockbuster trade with Green Bay, were among the many starters left out of both teams.

Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence wore a backwards cap on the sideline while third-row quarterback Jake Luton started.

The first NFL preseason game started 40 minutes late due to severe weather that forced fans to seek shelter.

As expected, things got complicated after kick-off.

Top pick Travon Walker committed a roughing the passer penalty on Raiders backup QB Jarrett Stidham on the first play from scrimmage. Walker later recorded a sack.

The highlights of the game did not count. Jacksonville’s Willie Johnson returned an 88-yard punt for a score on the final play of the third quarter, but it was voided by a holding penalty.

McDaniels, 46, begins his second stint as an NFL head coach after winning six Super Bowls as an assistant to Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots. McDaniels went 11-17 with Denver in 2009-10.

Pederson also begins his second stint as NFL head coach after sitting out in 2021. He guided the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise’s first Super Bowl win and three playoff appearances in five seasons from 2016-20.

Pederson has already changed the culture in Jacksonville following a disastrous 2021 season under Urban Meyer, which lasted just 11 months.

He’s tasked with trying to turn one of the worst organizations in the league into a winner. The Jaguars have had a winning season the last 14 years.

“You want a place where everyone enjoys coming to work and enjoying the environment, the people, understanding that we’re going to work hard,” Pederson said. “You can’t substitute hard work and preparation while fighting for a championship and these guys have embraced that.”

Daniel Carlson made field goals of 32 and 55 yards to give the Raiders a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Ameer Abdullah scored on an 8-yard run in the second quarter and Stidham ran 12 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-0 late in the first half.

Trailing 27-3, the Jaguars found the end zone when Kyle Sloter threw a 5-yard TD pass to Nathan Cottrell late in the fourth quarter. Cottrell ran down the middle for the 2-point conversion.



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