The NFL preseason schedule gets underway Thursday as the Las Vegas Raiders take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2022 NFL Hall of Fame Game. Las Vegas finished second in the AFC West with a 10-7 record last season and qualified for the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, but suffered a 26-19 loss at Cincinnati in the wild card round. Jacksonville (3-14) was last in the AFC South standings for the fourth consecutive campaign after winning the division and reaching the conference championship game in 2017.
Kickoff from Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The line is pick’em in the latest Raiders vs. Jaguars odds at Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 30.5. Before locking in any Jaguars vs. Raiders picks or 2022 NFL Hall of Fame Game predictions, make sure you check out what SportsLine NFL expert Larry Hartstein has to say.
A former lead writer for Covers and The Linemakers, Hartstein combines a vast network of Vegas sources with an analytical approach he honed while working for Pro Football Focus. Entering the 2022 NFL season, he is 427-344 all-time on NFL sides (plus $3,764 for $100 players), including 394-330 against the spread.
Hartstein went 68-50 ATS (58 percent) and 8-3 on money-line plays last season for a profit of $1,552. Anybody who has been following him is way up.
Now, Hartstein has locked in on Raiders vs. Jaguars from every angle and released a confident against-the-spread pick for the NFL Hall of Fame Game 2022. You can visit SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several NFL odds and trends for Jaguars vs. Raiders:
- Raiders vs. Jaguars spread: PK
- Raiders vs. Jaguars over/under: 30.5 points
- Raiders vs. Jaguars money line: Las Vegas -110, Jacksonville -110
- LV: Raiders have won all three of their previous appearances in the Hall of Fame Game
- JAX: Jaguars lost to Carolina in their only previous Hall of Fame Game in 1995
- Raiders vs. Jaguars picks: See picks here.
Featured Game | Las Vegas Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Why the Raiders can cover
This game begins the Josh McDaniels era for the Raiders, who hired the former Denver head coach and New England offensive coordinator in late January after electing not to retain interim coach Rich Bisaccia. McDaniels likely won’t be utilizing the offensive duo of former Fresno State teammates Derek Carr and Davante Adams in the 2022 Hall of Fame Game, but he’ll get a good look at backup quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Nick Mullens. He is familiar with Stidham, who was drafted by the Patriots in 2019 but did not see action last season after returning from back surgery.
The 25-year-old Stidham appeared in five games for New England in 2020, completing 22-of-44 passes for 256 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Mullens has gone 407-for-630 for 4,861 yards with 26 TDs and 22 picks in 20 contests with San Francisco and Cleveland over the last four years. The 27-year-old product of Southern Mississippi played in one game for the Browns in 2021, throwing for 147 yards on 20-of-30 passing with one TD in a 16-14 loss to the Raiders in Week 15.
Why the Jaguars can cover
Heralded quarterback Trevor Lawrence endured a rough rookie season after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, throwing only 12 touchdown passes while sharing the league lead of 17 interceptions as Jacksonville mustered a mere three victories. The 22-year-old will be a bystander as the battle to be his backup this season commences on Thursday. C.J. Beathard figures to be in the lead since he has 21 games of NFL experience under his belt, but he is dealing with a groin injury.
The 28-year-old Beathard spent his first four seasons with San Francisco before joining the Jaguars last year, when he appeared in two games and completed both of his pass attempts. In 21 career contests, he is 293-for-499 for 3,502 yards with 18 TDs and 13 interceptions. Jake Luton returned to Jacksonville in February for his second stint with the team after completing 60-of-110 passes for 624 yards with two TDs and six picks over three games with the Jaguars in 2020.
How to make Raiders vs. Jaguars picks
Hartstein has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he’s leaning Under on the point total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side to back, at SportsLine.
Who wins the 2022 Hall of Fame Game? And which critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Larry Hartstein’s Raiders vs. Jaguars picks, all from the NFL expert who’s 427-344 all-time on NFL sides, and find out.