Football is back.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders battle Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC in the Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
The Raiders are 2.5-point favorites at SI Sportsbook with an over/under of 30.5. The Raiders have -143 odds on the moneyline, while the Jaguars are +120.
This game marks the first contest (granted, the game doesn’t officially count) for both teams’ new head coach.
Las Vegas, fresh off making the postseason last year and losing to the Bengals in the wild-card round, has entrusted the franchise to longtime Patriots assistant and former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels. This game is a homecoming for McDaniels, who grew up in Canton and actually played some high school football games at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Raiders made news this offseason by acquiring former Packer star receiver Davante Adams, but it’s unknown whether he and longtime friend Derek Carr will share the field on Thursday night.
Las Vegas is 3-0 in the Hall of Fame Game, last winning in 2006.
The Jaguars enter this game off their second straight season finishing with the worst record and suffering through the Urban Meyer debacle.
Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson is now at the helm and will try to help Trevor Lawrence reach his potential after an inconsistent rookie season.
The Jaguars spent a lot in free agency to acquire skill players like Christian Kirk and Evan Engram, and are hoping for a strong season from Travis Etienne after he missed last season due to a Lisfranc injury. However, fantasy players and bettors will not witness Lawrence and Etienne in action Thursday night as both will not play in the game.
Jacksonville is 0-1 in this game and last appeared before their inaugural season in 1995.
With the potential for plenty of stars to sit out this game, it’s worth noting that each of the last two Hall of Fame games has produced totals under 30.5 points.