The Las Vegas Raiders head into their Week 2 matchup undefeated thanks in large part to running back Josh Jacobs.
The running game for the Raiders led the way en route to a close victory over the Carolina Panthers. Also, quarterback Derek Carr was efficient and the defense did just enough to seal the win. That said, Jacobs will have to continue his dominance on Monday night if the team hopes to continue its undefeated season.
Looking back at Week 1, Jacobs rushed for three touchdowns and totaled 81 rushing yards after contact. Even more impressive is the fact that Jacobs had ten forced missed tackles on runs according to Pro Football Focus.
Josh Jacobs W1 stats/ranks:
3 TDs (1st)
10 MTFs on runs (1st)
▶️ 81 rush yards after contact (2nd) pic.twitter.com/1z9qmlrnG7
— PFF (@PFF) September 19, 2020
Jacobs Will Have To Continue Leading The Way For the Raiders
Right now Jacobs is on fire and the Raiders have to keep pounding the ball with their star. His ten forced missed tackles are indicative he’s on a different level more than anything, and so far, he’s not going through a sophomore slump.
Josh Jacobs had 10 forced missed tackles on runs in W1.
A career high and the most in the NFL. pic.twitter.com/oOT4qvVKSW
— PFF (@PFF) September 17, 2020
Jacobs already has eight broken tackles for 2020 to go along with 58 yards after contact. Early indications also display the head coach Jon Gruden is also trying to get him going in the passing game. In Week 1, Jacobs was targeted six times, coming with four of those passes.
On a side note, he converted two first downs of two of those receptions. For his efforts, Pro Football Focus graded him at 77.5 for his receiving in 2020 so far. Clearly the offensive catalyst for the Silver and Black, Gruden will have to continue this heavy dose of Jacobs on Monday night.
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*Top Photo: AP Photo/Brian Blanco