The Las Vegas Raiders running game has been rolling lately and been one of the key factors in their 6-4 start. With Week 11 now in the books, how did the Silver and Black running backs perform against the Kansas City Chiefs?
Quarterback Derek Carr led this Las Vegas team in what turned out to be a shootout. Right from the outset, the two AFC West rivals traded blows with both defenses nowhere to be seen. In week’s past, head coach Jon Gruden’s offense was pounding the ball in lieu of dropped passes by Raiders receivers.
It was a different story against the Chiefs as no Las Vegas running back eclipsed 100 yards rushing. Let’s take closer a look at the numbers in this game for the Raiders stable.
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The Raiders Couldn’t Get Jacobs And Booker Going…
The Silver and Black lived, and in this game, died by the passing game. Carr threw an interception in the closing seconds as the Raiders couldn’t stop the defense in the previous drive. Going back and forth prevented the Raiders from utilizing the running game as the game progressed.
Jacobs did have a nice 13-yard run and ran in a touchdown but only averaged 3.2 yards a carry. By game’s end, Jacobs had amassed 55 yards off of 17 carries in this contest. Booker did worse statistically against the Chiefs. He only tallied five carried for 16 yards and averaged 3.2 yards per carry as well.
There were definitely some positives to take away from this loss. Wide receiver Henry Ruggs III broke off a 12 yard run in his sole rushing attempt, showing his big-play potential. Moving forward as the Raiders move into a more favorable stretch of their schedule, Gruden must get the running game going again, especially with the playoffs as a possibility.
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