The annual exhibition played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium marked the beginning of the preseason slate. This year’s game featured a head coaching debut on both sides — Josh McDaniels for Las Vegas and Doug Pederson for Jacksonville.
It was the Raiders’ fourth time competing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, though it was the first since the team relocated to Las Vegas, while it marked Jacksonville’s second appearance all time.
Here are the top moments from Thursday’s game.
And we’re off!
After a short weather delay, things got underway in Canton, and football fans got their first look at new Raiders wideout Davante Adams in silver and black.
On the move
The Raiders were first on the board with a field goal on their opening drive, while running back Josh Jacobs helped get his team downfield on the ensuing possession. Jacobs, a former first-round pick entering his fourth season, was a surprise participant amid several other established starters sitting this one out.
No. 1 for a reason
Edge rusher Travon Walker — the first overall pick in this year’s draft by Jacksonville — came up with a huge sack on Raiders backup QB Jarrett Stidham. Las Vegas settled for a field goal on the drive, taking a 6-0 lead.
To the house!
The Raiders extended their lead on the first drive of the second quarter, thanks to a short run from Ameer Abdullah, a former second-round pick from 2015. Just like that, it was a 13-0 shutout early in this one.
More of the same
Stidham was sacked three times but also showed he could scoot, rushing for a 12-yard score late in the first half to give the Raiders a 20-0 lead.
The Jaguars avoided a shutout by adding a field goal at the end of the third quarter, making it 20-3.
When it rains, it pours
Newly minted Raiders RB Austin Walter came up with the third TD of the night to give Las Vegas a 27-3 edge. Walter just signed with the Raiders on Friday after spending last season with the New York Jets.
Jacksonville finally found the end zone with a few minutes to spare. Sloter redeemed himself with a short pass to RB Nathan Cottrell for the score and a two-point conversion to make it a two-possession game again – 27-11 – but the action ended there.
Per usual for a preseason opener, most of the top players from both teams were merely spectators. But that will change in due time.
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