The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is the de facto start of the 2022 NFL season.
While the result of which does not officially reflect on the league’s record book, it will be the first taste of football action for all fans after months of training camp and offseason activity.
Eight players and contributors will be enshrined at Canton, Ohio as part of the Class of 2022.
But also part of the festivities is the annual Hall of Fame Game.
It’s a game wherein the starters typically play one or two sequences before giving their reserves the chance to take the field.
However, coaches see this game as an opportunity to see players who can rise through the depth chart.
Players who excel in this game might be given more playing time during the games that matter.
That said, the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed the participants of the 2022 Hall of Fame Game for August 4 at 8 p.m. ET.
Tickets on sale this Friday at 10 AM ET.
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) February 28, 2022
The institution showed that the Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Las Vegas Raiders in the upcoming game.
It’s a matchup of two teams that had contrasting fates during the 2021 season.
Jaguars And Raiders Preview
The number one selection in the 2022 NFL Draft will likely play in this game given that the Jaguars own the pick for the second straight year.
There’s no reason for them to trade out of the pick given that their roster has several holes.
But after drafting Trevor Lawrence with the number one pick last season, perhaps it’s time for them to concentrate on defense.
It was a rocky 2021 for Jacksonville, highlighted by the abrupt departure of head coach Urban Meyer.
With Super Bowl winner Doug Pederson at the helm, the team’s loyal fanbase hopes that the Jaguars will turn things around.
On the other hand, the Raiders also had their set of issues during their campaign.
However, interim head coach Rich Bisaccia did a fantastic job of leading them to the playoffs.
Unfortunately, their playoff stint lasted one game after the Cincinnati Bengals eliminated them.
Just like the Jaguars, the Raiders hope that new head coach Josh McDaniels will help them make a deeper postseason run.