Josh Jacobs

Josh Jacobs, The Epitome Of A Raider, Carries Team In Week 12

The Las Vegas Raiders triumphed in overtime for the second week in a row. Josh Jacobs carried the load this time around rather than Davante Adams. The Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks thanks to an 86-yard walk-off touchdown by Jacobs in overtime. It helped cap off a historical night for Jacobs, one where he literally put the team on his back, keeping the team’s playoff hopes alive.

Josh Jacobs put the Las Vegas Raiders on his back, once again

Perhaps it was an omen as the Raiders’ running backs warmed up for another chilly game, this time in the American Northwest. Speaking of chilly, most Raiders fans are keenly aware that quarterback Derek Carr doesn’t perform well in the cold. Needless to say, Jacobs was in store for a busy day, calf injury be damned.

The second quarter was when “The Jacobs Show” really started to take off. On the Seahawks’ 30-yard line, the Raiders had possession of the ball and handed it to Jacobs. To score his first touchdown of the day, he stiff-armed a defensive tackle and juked several other defenders. This run triggered a historic day for Jacobs.

Jacobs was gaining yards through both the pass and the run, but more important was that he came through in clutch situations. In overtime, Daniel Carlson missed a field goal from 56 yards out, which led to one of these situations. A quick side note: it was his first miss of 50 yards or more in the previous 12 attempts. Many people believed that this was the game based on how the Seahawks’ offense was moving the ball. However, the offense gained life after Maxx Crosby made Geno Smith throw an incomplete pass, which forced the Seahawks to punt. Jakob Johnson led the way in the ensuing drive, and Jacobs scored an 86-yard touchdown to give the Raiders the victory.

A night of legendary feats

This run was the Raiders’ longest play from the line of scrimmage this season, according to ESPN, and it was the fourth longest overtime touchdown ever scored. Jacobs finished the game with the most rushing yards for the Raiders (229) and tied for the most receiving yards (74 yards). Jacobs became the fourth player to record 300 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in a single game during the Super Bowl era. According to the NFL, Jacobs’ 303 scrimmage yards were the most ever for a Raider player. Following his career-high 229 yards on the ground, Jacobs now leads the NFL with 1,159 rushing yards, 111 more than Derrick Henry, according to NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano.

Historical run for an underpaid running back 

After this legendary performance, we listed a ton of Jacobs’ achievements, but we’re not done yet. That is a testament to Jacobs’ specialness and a recounting of the memorable evening he had. According to Raiders PR, Jacobs’ 229 rush yards were the most in a single game in team history. According to Fox Seattle’s Curtis Crabtree, the Seahawks have never surrendered as many rushing yards as Jacobs ran for against them (229).

Jacobs became the third running back in Raiders’ history to post at least three seasons with 1,000 rushing yards, per Raiders PR. Jacobs also joined a select group of seven NFL players who had 1,200 scrimmage yards and seven or more touchdowns in each of their first four seasons. He made NFL history by becoming the first player to have at least 220 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards in a single game, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

Surely, the Raiders regret not selecting his fifth-year option, as these numbers are only increasing his price tag. Imagine where you’d be without him, Raiders; it’s time to pay Josh Jacobs. The obscure thing is that despite having a calf injury during the week, he had one of the greatest performances in NFL history.

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