The Las Vegas Raiders are capitalizing on the imposing run game led by Josh Jacobs. Most recently, they rode it to their second victory of the season, bringing them two games closer to getting back to .500 on the year. Jacobs’s fiery running as of late has made him one of the key cogs in the Raiders’ offense. But just how important is Jacobs right now?
After getting it going late in the second quarter, Jacobs ended up taking over the game offensively against the Houston Texans. Love Smith, the Texans’ head coach, was asked about Jacobs in the second half after the matchup. He praised the running back while alluding to his defense breaking down against No. 28 on Sunday. “I’d say in the second half, that’s when they got the run going. At the half, I thought we were in decent shape. We had breakdowns at the end. I say break down â€“ you miss a gap, then you miss a tackle. That’s what happened. He’s kind of done that to everybody; he’s a good running back,” said Smith. Raiders fans are likely in agreement with the coach, but is Jacobs the MVP for the entire season so far?
Raider Nation weighs in on Josh Jacobs and his efforts so far
At 2-4, seeing what we've seen from this #Raiders team, who's the offensive MVP at this juncture, right now? Feel free to weigh in #RaiderNation down below ðŸ‘‡
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Raiders fans never shy away from giving their opinion, and when it comes to Jacobs, they had quite a resounding response. In a live poll placed on our Twitter page, where you can still vote, by the way, Raider Nation is overwhelmingly voting for Jacobs as the team’s offensive MVP so far in the season. Derek Carr and Davante Adams are the other poll options, with each currently receiving less than four percent of the votes.
The last three games for Jacobs have seen him go on a historical run, surpassing Marcus Allen’s record of most rushing yards in his first 50 games. As of now, Jacobs is averaging nearly six yards a carry (5.6) and has been a home-run scoring threat with six touchdowns in that same three-game stretch. Can he continue to carry the Raiders on his back this year?
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