Raiders vs. Jaguars Score Takeaways: Las Vegas starts Josh McDaniels era strong, tops Jacksonville

At long last, football is finally back in our lives. The NFL returned by opening the preseason with an exhibition between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. With many of the starters on the bench for this head-to-head, unsurprisingly it wasn’t a super competitive affair and the Raiders were able to get away with a 27-11 win.

Las Vegas scored on its first three possessions and was able to take a comfortable lead when Jacksonville, which resisted most of its notable offensive players, including quarterback Trevor Lawrence, was stuck on that side of the ball. Raiders starter Jarrett Stidham finished with 96 yards passing and completed 8 of 15 throws from him. Meanwhile, Jake Luton, who started with the Jags, was 10 of 17 for 94 yards.

Below are the highlights from our first preseason game of the year.

Why did the Raiders win?

Give hometown boy Josh McDaniels credit: The Raiders came to play early on. From the jump, Las Vegas seemed scarred offensively, even with key starters like Derek Carr, Davante Adams and Darren Waller sitting out. Jarrett Stidham was given the go-ahead to start the game under center and led two field goal drives on the Raiders’ first two possessions. Those drives were spearheaded by the strong play of running back Josh Jacobs, who constantly moved the chains during his time on the field. He rushed for 30 yards on just five carries and caught both of his targets for 14 yards. That success on the offensive side of the ball continued through the first half, where Las Vegas went on a 20-0 run to really pull away.

Defensively, the Raiders were facing reinforcements, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great effort on their part. In the first half, the Las Vegas defense forced three punts, a fumble and saw Jacksonville miss a 60-yard field goal. That strong defensive play continued for most of the second half, aside from a garbage-time touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Why did the Jaguars lose?

Of course, the lack of success on offense comes with a grain of salt as the Jaguars didn’t have any of their heavy hitters playing in this game. However, Jake Luton didn’t exactly do himself a lot of favors by trying to secure a spot on the roster. The offense struggled to move down the field while he was under center and couldn’t put any points on the scoreboard. Even though there was a missed field goal sprinkled in when Luton were playing, it wasn’t like it was a dame kick by any means as it came from 60 yards, so it didn’t exactly put his team in the best position to succeed. The only time the offense was able to score points was when former USFL star Kyle Sloter was on the inside.

Meanwhile, it was a little worrying to see their defense pushed early with part of their starting rotation along the front seven, specifically on the ground. In the first half, the Raiders rushed for 95 yards averaging 4.5 yards per carry and two touchdowns. For the game, the Jags allowed 159 rushing yards and three touchdowns. That will have to improve as they go through this preseason.

return point

As we headed into halftime, the Raiders had already established a 13-point lead. However, with the Jaguars getting the ball back early in the second half and trailing by less than two touchdowns, it was conceivable that they could bounce back. But, Jarrett Stidham did his part to slam the door early on this one. With just over 90 seconds left in the half, Stidham took a third-and-8 snap, rolled to the right and used his legs to run for a 12-yard touchdown run. That score put the Raiders up by 20, which essentially eliminated any chance of Jacksonville making a ballgame out of this.

play of the game

I mean, we have to give this to the first touchdown of the new year, right? With 13:36 remaining in the first half, Raiders running back Ameer Abdullah grabbed an eight-yard first-and-goal to run into the end zone and cap off a 50-yard drive for Las Vegas. Abdullah ended his night with that touchdown and 30 yards from scrimmage.

Not only did we get that score, but we also got our first touchdown celebration of 2022.

Whats Next

From here, the Raiders will return to Las Vegas and prepare for their exhibition with the Minnesota Vikings, which will take place on August 14 at Allegiant Stadium. As for the Jaguars, they will prepare for a home exhibition with the Cleveland Browns on August 12 at TIAA Bank Field.

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