Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson will return to the sideline for the first time since being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2020 season when he leads the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2022 NFL Hall of Fame Game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday. The 54-year-old Pederson went 42-37-1 in five seasons in Philadelphia, winning the Super Bowl in the 2017 season. On Thursday in the NFL Hall of Fame Game 2022, he’ll square off against another coach returning to the sideline, Josh McDaniels, who spent 2009-10 as coach of the Broncos.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the game as a pick’em in the latest Raiders vs. Jaguars odds, while the Over-Under for total points scored is 30.5. Before you make any Jaguars vs. Raiders picks or 2022 NFL Hall of Fame Game predictions of your own, you need to hear what SportsLine NFL expert R.J. White has to say.
Over the past seven years White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, has gone 329-250-21 (56.8 percent) in the world’s most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest. He also is SportsLine’s No. 1 NFL expert, going 445-378-24 on his against-the-spread NFL picks from 2017-21, returning $2,542 to $100 players. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, he has locked in on Raiders vs. Jaguars and released a confident against-the-spread pick. You can head to SportsLine now to see White’s pick. Here are the NFL odds and betting lines for Jaguars vs. Raiders:
- Jaguars vs. Raiders spread: Pick’em
- Jaguars vs. Raiders Over/Under: 30.5 points
- Jaguars vs. Raiders money line: Las Vegas -110, Jacksonville -110
- LV: Quarterback Derek Carr ranked third in the NFL in passing yards (4,804) in 2021
- JAX: Linebacker Josh Allen led the team in sacks (7.5) last season
- Jaguars vs. Raiders picks: See picks here.
Featured Game | Las Vegas Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Why the Raiders can cover
Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels doesn’t want to lose on his high school field. A former quarterback for storied Canton McKinley, McDaniels grew up in Canton and played his games at Hall of Fame Stadium. With his dad, Thom, being one of the winningest high school coaches in state history, McDaniels will want to leave Canton a winner.
In addition, Las Vegas faces a Jacksonville team that was the worst in the league in turnover margin last season. On offense, the Jaguars committed 29 turnovers, tied for the second-most in the league behind only the Giants (30). On the other side of the ball, the defense forced just nine turnovers, which was the fewest in the NFL and five fewer than the next worst defense, the Jets. Since 2000, only the 2018 49ers, who forced seven turnovers, had fewer takeaways than last season’s Jaguars.
Why the Jaguars can cover
Linebacker Josh Allen is poised for a big season. A Pro Bowler in 2019, Allen missed half of the 2020 season with a knee injury. But he bounced back last season with a team-high 7.5 sacks. In Week 9 against the Bills, Allen helped lead the Jaguars to a 9-6 upset with eight tackles, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. This season, he will play under a new coordinator, Mike Caldwell, whose extensive linebacker background should help Allen thrive.
The defense also should be improved with the addition of No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker. The 6-foot-5, 272-pound defensive end has 4.5 speed and a 35 1/2-inch vertical with an enormous wingspan that will allow him to fend off blockers. Last season, he had a career-high six sacks for a loaded Georgia Bulldogs defense.