Raiders give head coach Josh McDaniels a happy return, beat Jaguars 27-11

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The Las Vegas Raiders gave coach Josh McDaniels a successful homecoming on his sideline debut.

Josh Jacobs, rookie Zamir White and Austin Walter ran well on soggy ground and the Raiders routed Jacksonville 27-11 in Thursday night’s Hall of Fame game, spoiling coach Doug Pederson’s first game with the Jaguars.

McDaniels grew up in this historic football town and played for his father, Thom McDaniels, at Canton McKinley High School on this ground at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, known as Fawcett Stadium when he was a college quarterback and kicker.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Hall (14) runs after a catch with Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Sam Webb (48) defending during the first half of the NFL Hall of Fame Game football exhibition, on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2019. 4, 2022, in Canton, Ohio.

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Hall (14) runs after a catch with Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Sam Webb (48) defending during the first half of the NFL Hall of Fame Game football exhibition, on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2019. 4, 2022, in Canton, Ohio.
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“It was a unique opportunity, very grateful to have had it,” McDaniels said. “It’s the first time I’ve attended this Hall of Fame game in 22 years. To have the opportunity to do it with him here, my family and the people who have helped me along the way, it’s It was a special night for them. I really enjoyed that.”

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Derek Carr and Davante Adams warmed up but didn’t get a chance to play their first game together since Fresno State. Carr, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, and Adams, the All-Pro wide receiver acquired in a blockbuster trade from Green Bay, were among the many starters who sat out for both teams.

Trevor Lawrence of Jacksonville wore a back cap on the sideline as third-string quarterback Jake Luton started.

The NFL’s first preseason game started 40 minutes late as bad weather forced fans to take shelter.

As expected, things got sloppy after kick-off.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Pederson, center, watches from the sideline during the first half of the NFL Football Hall of Fame game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday, Aug. 28 .  4, 2022, in Canton, Ohio.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Pederson, center, watches from the sideline during the first half of the NFL Football Hall of Fame game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday, Aug. 28 . 4, 2022, in Canton, Ohio.
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First-choice Travon Walker committed a passer-roughing penalty on Raiders QB Jarrett Stidham on the first play from scrimmage. Walker then taped a sack.

The highlight of the match did not count. Jacksonville’s Willie Johnson returned an 88-yard punt for a score on the final play of the third quarter, but it was overruled by a holding penalty.

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McDaniels, 46, is entering his second term as NFL head coach after winning six Super Bowls as an assistant under Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots. McDaniels was 11-17 with Denver in 2009-10.

Pederson is also entering his second stint as NFL head coach after sitting out in 2021. He guided the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise’s first Super Bowl win and three playoff appearances in five seasons. from 2016 to 2020.

Pederson has already changed the culture in Jacksonville after a disastrous 2021 season under Urban Meyer, which only lasted 11 months.

He’s tasked with trying to turn one of the league’s worst organizations into a winner. The Jaguars have had a winning season for the past 14 years.

“You want a place where everyone likes to come to work and they like the environment, the people, understanding that we’re going to work hard,” Pederson said. “You can’t replace hard work and preparation as you go for a championship and these guys bought into it.”

Daniel Carlson had field goals for 32 and 55 yards to give the Raiders a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Ameer Abdullah scored on an 8-yard run in the second quarter and Stidham ran 12 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-0 late in the first half.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham (3) celebrates with tight end Jacob Hollister (88) after Stidham rushed for a touchdown during the first half of the Hall of Fame game NFL football team against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, August 28.  4, 2022, in Canton, Ohio.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham (3) celebrates with tight end Jacob Hollister (88) after Stidham rushed for a touchdown during the first half of the Hall of Fame game NFL football team against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, August 28. 4, 2022, in Canton, Ohio.
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Trailing 27-3, the Jaguars found the end zone when Kyle Sloter threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Cottrell late in the fourth quarter. Cottrell ran down the middle for the 2-point conversion.

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FOUCHE

Stidham held off a late hit from Walker and connected with Keelan Cole for 31 yards on the first play. He was 8 of 15 for 96 yards.

WORKLOAD

White, the team’s fourth-round pick, had 52 yards on 11 carries, including a 14-yard rush on his first touch. Jacobs ran for 30 yards on five carries. Walter had 49 yards on eight carries and an 8-yard touchdown.

HEARTWARMING WELCOME

Tony Boselli, the first overall pick in Jaguars history and the franchise’s first Hall of Fame selection, received a loud ovation when he was presented with the Class of 2022 inductees. Boselli was a five-time selection in the Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro left tackle in seven seasons in Jacksonville before injuries ended his career.

BRANCH OF HONOR

Longtime Raiders wide receiver Cliff Branch, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously, was represented during pregame introductions by his sister, Elaine Anderson. Branch was a three-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl during a 14-year NFL career, all with the Raiders in Oakland and Los Angeles.

REVENGE VISIT

Former Raiders defensive end Arden Key had two sacks in his first game for Jacksonville. Key had three sacks in three seasons with the Raiders.

NEXT

Jacksonville hosts Cleveland next Friday night.

Las Vegas hosts Minnesota on August 2. 14.