Josh Jacobs and the Las Vegas Raiders picked up a much needed victory in Week 7 over the Houston Texans by a final score of 38-20. After a rough start to the season, the Raiders are now 2-4 and are hoping to turn their season around. A lot of their future success this year will hinge on the performances that they can receive from their star running back.
During this week’s matchup with the Texans, Jacobs was purely dominant. He carried the football 20 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns. That performance came on the heels of another big game in Week 6 against the Kansas City Chiefs, in which he ran for 154 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
According to CBS Sports on Twitter, Jacobs is only the third player in the last 15 years to rush for 140 or more yards and score a touchdown in three consecutive games. The other two names on the list are Adrian Peterson and Derrick Henry.
Jacobs came into the season with many thinking the Raiders could end up trading him. He was no longer viewed as the long-term running back in Las Vegas. Obviously, that has changed.
On the season thus far, Jacobs has racked up 633 yards and six touchdowns on 111 carries. Those numbers average out to a robust 5.7 yards per carry. Jacobs has also made an impact in the passing game, catching 20 passes for 141 yards.
At just 24 years of age, Jacobs has put himself back on the map in the NFL. There is no question that he has been one of the most dangerous threats on the ground so far this season. The Raiders have to feel very good about him leading the way in the backfield moving forward.
Expect to see the Raiders continue feeding Josh Jacobs as the season moves forward. If he continues on the pace he is currently on, winning the rushing title may not be a far-fetched idea.