If there has been anything consistent about the 2022 version of the Las Vegas Raiders, it’s been the team’s bombastic running back — Josh Jacobs.
In Sunday’s 40-34 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Jacobs — making up for Derek Carr’s mistakes — did his part in keeping Las Vegas close. Jacobs ran for 229 yards while also tallying 74 receiving yards and two touchdowns, including the walk-off in overtime that went for 86 yards. The run amounted to the Raiders’ longest offensive play of the season. And the running back did a little bit of everything, proving, yet again, that the Raiders made a mistake by not picking up his fifth-year option.
Yes, the Raiders may lose their most consistent offensive player, who has helped keep the team afloat this season, for nothing next off-season because they were unwilling to believe in his proven production. Now, Jacobs is making them pay with a litany of productive performances that, though exciting, make his impending free agency a little more painful.
Jacobs’ most impressive plays of the afternoon
With the game hanging in the balance, and time running out in overtime, Jacobs put on his superman cape — making something out of nothing.
On 1st-and-10 from their own 14-yard line with four minutes and 20 seconds left to play in overtime, Jacobs took a handoff from the erratic Carr, followed his blockers, and exploded for the 86-yard game-winning run.
The play was unbelievable but also expected. Jacobs has bailed Las Vegas out at nearly every opportunity and on Sunday, it was no different.
— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 2022
But if Jacobs’ big play was the curtain call. The opener came earlier.
Showing promise early in the game
Jacobs got things going against Seattle by scoring on one of his most impressive runs on the season.
In the second quarter, on 1st-and-10, with the Raiders on Seattle’s 30-yard line, Jacobs took the handoff and broke off a touchdown run, stiff-arming Seattle’s Al Woods in the process. It was Jacobs’ eighth touchdown of the season. And it came after a rarely forced turnover by the Raiders’ defense.
The stiff arm. The run. The touchdown. That’s just @iAM_JoshJacobs.
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— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 27, 2022
Jacobs had 26 yards after contact on the play, at the time marking a high point in his career regarding that stat, according to ESPN.
Even more impressive, it was unknown whether Jacobs would play due to a calf issue that added him to the injury report on Friday. So, it’s safe to say he was feeling good after his dominant runs.
The Raiders clearly made a mistake not guaranteeing Jacobs’ return. And he’s proving them wrong on that decision each week. In a season that felt lost coming into the game, he’s been the one bright spot. We’ll see if he’s back this time next season.
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