Las Vegas Raiders defeat Jaguars in the NFL preseason’s first game after a weather delay
Raiders celebrate McDaniels’ homecoming by defeating the Jaguars 27-11.
Zamir White, a rookie, and Josh Jacobs sabotage Pederson’s Jaguars debut.
Josh McDaniels’ spectacular homecoming was made possible by the Las Vegas Raiders during his first season on the coaching staff.
In the Hall of Fame game on Thursday night in Canton, Ohio, the Raiders thrashed Jacksonville 27-11 thanks to Josh Jacobs, youngster Zamir White, and Austin Walter running brilliantly on a sodden field and ruining coach Doug Pederson’s debut with the Jaguars.
McDaniels played quarterback and kicker for his father, Thom McDaniels, at Canton McKinley High School on this field at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, formerly known as Fawcett Stadium, while growing up in this storied football town.
McDaniels stated that he was “very grateful” to have had the opportunity. It’s been 22 years since my last visit to the Hall of Fame game. It was a memorable night for my family and the folks who supported me along the way to have the chance to accomplish it with him here. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
While warming up, Derek Carr and Davante Adams were unable to play their first game together since Fresno State. Many stars for both teams missed the game, including Carr, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, and Adams, the All-Pro receiver acquired in a big trade with Green Bay.
On the sidelines, Jake Luton, the backup quarterback, was in place of Jacksonville’s Trevor Lawrence, who was sporting a backward cap.
Due to the inclement weather forcing fans to seek cover, the NFL’s first preseason game started 40 minutes later than scheduled.
As anticipated, following the first kickoff, things became sloppy.
On the first play from scrimmage, top selection Travon Walker was penalized for roughing the passer against Raiders backup QB Jarrett Stidham. Walker subsequently recorded a sack.
The game’s high point was irrelevant. On the penultimate play of the third quarter, Jacksonville’s Willie Johnson returned a punt 88 yards for a score, but it was called back due to a holding penalty.
After a dismal 2021 season under Urban Meyer, who only lasted 11 months, Pederson has already altered Jacksonville’s culture.
He must endeavor to make one of the league’s worst organizations a successful one. In the past 14 years, the Jaguars have only had one winning season.
Everyone should love their work environment, the people they work with, and the knowledge that they would be expected to put in long hours, according to Pederson. When pursuing a championship, preparation and hard work is crucial, and these players have bought in.
The Raiders took a 6-0 lead as Daniel Carlson made field goals of 32 and 55 yards in the opening frame. In the second quarter, Ameer Abdullah scored on an 8-yard run, and late in the first half, Stidham raced 12 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-0.
Late in the fourth quarter, Kyle Sloter completed a five-yard touchdown throw to Nathan Cottrell to help the Jaguars rally from a 27-3 deficit. Cottrell sprinted across the center to score the extra point.