The NFL is again! Preseason begins with Las Vegas Raiders blowing away driverless Jacksonville Jaguars



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After nearly six long months, NFL has returned.

2022 seasons The preseason kicked off Thursday with the typical drag at the Hall of Fame game, heralding the start of another season filled with drama, excitement, and the highest skill level imaginable.

And it was the perfect start to life at the new home for Josh McDaniels, the new Las Vegas Raiders head coach, who joined in January after a title-laden stint with the New England Patriots.

His Raiders beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-11, ruining freshman Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson’s first game at the helm.

It was a home victory for Jacksonville native McDaniels, who is returning to the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, where he used to play for Canton McKinley High School, patrolling the sideline where he watched his father, Thom McDaniels, coach for nearly two decades.

Josh McDaniels looks forward to the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Very grateful that I had (the opportunity),” McDaniels speak afterward. “This is my first time participating in this Hall of Fame game in 22 years. To have the opportunity to do that with him here and my family and so many people who have helped me along the way, I think it’s been a special night for them.

“You never know if you will get this opportunity again. I really like it. It was a good opportunity for all of us, and I think we all enjoyed it.”

In a match without most starting players from either team – Raiders midfielder Derek Carr and celebrity star Davante Adams sidelined while the Jaguars put together a list of 21 players who will not play including both second year quarterback, Trevor Lawrence – more and more players stepped up.

And like many pre-season games without the star players, it wasn’t the best batting.

Snoop Conner is tackled by Kendal Vickers, Andrew Billings and Tashawn Bower.

1 overall pick in this year’s draft Travon Walker was called for a rough penalty on Raiders backup midfielder Jarrett Stidham in the first game from the script. Walker presented why he was picked before he picked up a sack later in the game.

Even so, there were opportunities for the players to seize the moment as rookie winger Zamir White showed, dashing for a distance of 52 meters and scoring 23 more times in the air.

And it was the Raiders’ barrage that really tore through the Jaguars’ defence, ending the game with a total of 159 javelins and three hasty touchdowns; each from Stidham, Austin Walter and Ameer Abdullah.

Raiders striker Daniel Carlson was also excellent when he added two goals and three extra points.

Jaguars defender Nathan Cottrell, scored his team’s only goal of the evening, catching a pass from Kyle Sloter in the bottom area.

Josh Thompson extended to convert a third down as he was forced out of bounds by Sam Webb in the first half.

After the game, Pederson praised his team’s efforts, which lacked many starting points.

“I think the overall effort is really good,” Pederson speak. “We just had to clean up. There were too many small mistakes. ”

He added: “We make sure everyone plays in this game. As we move forward, it will be the starters and the ones we think will be on the 53rd list (player list) as we move on. ”

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