On August 4th, the Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Las Vegas Raiders at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio, for the 2022 NFL Hall of Fame game honoring the 2022 Hall of Fame class that will be enshrined on Saturday, August 6th in Canton.
I know that this is only a preseason game. Still, it is also the first game of the NFL season since February when Matthew Stafford and company had hoisted the Lombardi trophy in Inglewood, California. Still, it is time to see what the next season has in store, which starts with the Hall of Fame game in Canton with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Las Vegas Raiders, who are both on the hunt for the Lombardi. Still, it all starts with tonight’s game in Canton, so here is my outlook on tonight’s game as we kick off the unofficial start to the 2022 NFL season.
One of the two teams that are playing in this game is the Jacksonville Jaguars, who only have one hall of Famer getting enshrined this weekend: Tony Boselli, who will be the first ever Jacksonville Jaguars in their 27 years in the NFL. Still, besides that, the Jaguars are looking to bounce back from the last few years and with new coaching from former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson who guided the Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory in 2018, and 2nd-year quarterback Trevor Lawerence. He was drafted first overall in the 2021 NFL draft to try to be on the path to success this season. But, thus being said, the Jaguars won’t have their excellent starters, such as Trevor Lawernce, in this game. They will have Jake Luton instead since he will need those reps to beat another quarterback Kyle Slotter for the backup quarterback spot behind Lawernce once the regular season rolls around. But also, the Jaguars may use newly acquired wide receiver Christian Kirk, who Jacksonville acquired from the Arizona Cardinals during the offseason, and Chandler Jones, who was also received from Arizona, to help the Jaguars on the defensive side of the ball during the upcoming season. Furthermore, the 2022 Hall of Fame game will help the Jacksonville Jaguars prepare for the forthcoming season by seeing what certain players can do and evaluating specific offensive and defensive pieces that Doug Pederson has before the regular season begins.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders had some of the same similarities to the Jacksonville Jaguars in this game since after their defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2021 Wild Card round of the playoffs last season; the Raiders had made some changes during the offseason, such as having a new head coach Josh McDaniels who was the offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick in New England and will try to get the Raiders back to the postseason this season in one of the most challenging division the AFC West with the Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers, and Kansas City Chiefs. They had made some pretty impressive moves during the offseason in their rights, such as the Broncos trading for Russell Wilson from Seattle, the Chargers trading for Khaili Mack from Chicago, Kansas City trading Tyreek Hill to Miami, and Las Vegas trading for their offseason weapon which was Devante Adams from Green Bay. Speaking of the Devante Adams acquisition, this will help the Raiders on offense since Derek Carr will have another target to throw to other than Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller. But I think we will see Adams a bit in this game since he is still getting used to the Raiders playbook and other things as well, but he won’t be on the field for so long since this game is also for the players who are on the Raiders roster to prove themselves before cuts from training camp occur. Furthermore, the Hall of Fame game will also help the Raiders prepare for another run for the postseason and help Josh McDaniels evaluate certain players on both sides of the ball.
As a result, the Hall of Fame will have specific impacts on both of these teams to showcase what both of their rosters have for the upcoming season, as well as honor those from these teams that will be enshrined in the hall of fame for the class of 2022 as well and will possibly entertain football fans such as myself and knowing that the start of the 2022 NFL season is inching towards us so there you have my take on how I think this game will impact both of these teams as they not only prepare for the rest of training camp as the weeks go on but prepare for the regular season a s well.