It turns out that Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs got some extra motivation on Sunday, as if he needed more. Jacobs is looking to get paid this offseason, and while that’s plenty of reason to play hard, a Seattle fan gave him an extra shot in the arm.
Jacobs recalled this week that prior to the action on Sunday, a fan had written on a sign the words “3-7. NOT BAD FOR A TEAM WITH NO TALENT.” The running back then thanked the fan for the words and went on to have a historical night. “Thank you for that. I needed that today. You turnt me up,” said Jacobs. As far as the game went, let’s take a final look back at the action.
Josh Jacobs ran like a man possessed; the Seahawks didn’t stand a chance.
The Silver and Black faced a tough opponent in the Seattle Seahawks, the home of the 12th man, on Sunday. Even though it took an overtime period to complete the task, the team came out on top. As the team improves to 4-7 with a lot of momentum on their side, we look at the run game’s dominance.
Jacobs is having one of his best seasons as a Raider, and he didn’t let anyone down on Sunday. If you didn’t know who “JJ28” was before the game, you should know who he is now. Jacobs finished the night with 303 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. Josh continued to pierce the Seahawks’ defensive line and was simply unstoppable on the ground throughout the game. Throughout the action, he worked hard for those extra yards to help his team; he simply refused to lose on Sunday.
Even during the game, he and running back Kenneth Walker III had a battle of wits as they both exchanged touchdowns. All the same, that quickly ended, as Jacobs had his sights set on the bigger prize. When looking at his dominant performance, having 229 rushing yards and averaging 6.9 yards per carry is something that deserves high praise. He also mixed in his versatility in the passing game, having six receptions for 75 yards and a highlight-worthy one-handed catch.
When the chips were down and everything was on the line in overtime, Jacobs capped off his record-breaking game with an 86-yard touchdown run, leaving Seattle fans stunned while Raider Nation celebrated and the entire NFL world in awe of what they had just witnessed.
No. 28 finds himself in elite company…
To add to his historic performance, he set the Raiders record for single-game scrimmage yards. In addition, he now ranks fifth on the Raiders’ single-season rushing yardage list with 1,150. If he keeps up this strong play, Jacobs could pass all-time great Marcus Allen (1,759).
This elite running back simply continues to give his all to win for his team; he literally takes the phrase “putting the team on his back” to heart. In addition, he now leads the league in rushing, edging out players such as Derrick Henry, Nick Chubb, and Saquon Barkley.
Round 2 with the Chargers awaits this Sunday, Josh Jacobs will be ready.
This weekend, Jacobs will face another AFC West rival in the Los Angeles Chargers. They’re a team that also won on Sunday and is vying for a playoff spot. Both teams are eager to keep their momentum going. The Chargers are ranked 27th in rushing yards allowed this year, allowing 1,665 so far. Jacobs exploited an inferior defense against the Seahawks last week, and if he repeats his performance in that game, expect another monster performance in front of fans in Las Vegas.
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