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HOF Game: Las Vegas Raiders vs Jacksonville Jaguars 8/4/22 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0) vs. Las Vegas Raiders (0-0)
August 4, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Las Vegas Raiders -2 / Jacksonville Jaguars +2; Over/Under: 33
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The Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars clash Thursday night in the NFL Hall of Fame Preseason Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost 6 of their last 7 preseason games. The Las Vegas Raiders have won 8 of their last 11 preseason games.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are still in rebuilding stages and have a new head coach in Doug Pederson, so patience is still needed. This preseason and season overall is all about the growth of young quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was the first pick in the 2021 NFL draft and completed less than 60 percent of his passes with 17 interceptions as a rookie. Adding Christian Kirk to the wide receiver group should help, as well as the return of running back Travis Etienne. It will be interesting to see if receiver Laviska Shenault can make the team and what the offensive line looks like. The Jags offensive line has 3 starting positions up for grabs. Cam Robinson and Brandon Scherff are the only guaranteed starters on the OL. Defensively, Josh Allen will look to build on what he did a year ago, and there are 5 defensive rookies from this year’s draft eager to prove themselves. Travon Walker should end up starting at outside linebacker, while Gregory Junior and Montaric Brown have a chance to carve their way into the defensive back rotation. 

The Las Vegas Raiders have expectations after 10 wins last year, but they have a new coach in Josh McDaniels, new offensive coordinator in Mick Lombardi and new defensive coordinator in Patrick Graham. Heck, even general manager Dave Ziegler is in his first year in Sin City. A lot of new faces and not a lot of time to figure things out. As for the roster, the Raiders offensive line needs to figure things out. Dylan Parham and Thayer Munford were drafted to provide depth to the unit, while the return of Denzelle Good provides more competition. It will be fun to see the Derek Carr and Davante Adams connection, while the running backs Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, Zamir White and Brandon Bolden fight for touches. Defensively, the Raiders secondary has questions with Trayvon Mullen Jr. and Bilal Nichols on the PUP list. Of course, that doesn’t include starting defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. A Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones tandem could be special, but the Raiders must get healthy on defense before this unit can reach its potential. 

The Jaguars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Raiders are 20-45-1 ATS in their last 66 games as a favorite. The under is 12-4 in Jaguars last 16 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Raiders last 5 games overall. The Jaguars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

I usually cap NFL preseason games by the quarterback depth. Which team has a capable backup or two that can get me points against backup defenders. Usually I lean toward the guy who has experience, was a starter at one point or has proven himself in spot time. The truth is, these backup situations are grim, and I’m just not running to the window for either side. With that said, Jarrett Stidham did have moments with the Patriots a couple of years ago and that gives him the edge over a C.J. Beathard, who has had turnover issues his whole career. Also, the Jags don’t win preseason games, while the Jags have won 8 of their last 11 exhibitions. It’s Raiders and the small chalk or pass for me.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
Las Vegas Raiders -2

Randy Chambers

Randy has covered sports betting since 2014 and writes about everything from NFL to WNBA.
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