Raiders’ Josh Jacobs Within Reach Of This Franchise Record

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Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs has been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this season. The team declined his fifth-year option last offseason, meaning that he will become an unrestricted free agent in free agency this year.

That seemingly motivated Jacobs, as he put himself in a position to land a lucrative contract this offseason based on his performance. Things couldn’t have gone much better from that perspective, as Jacobs will be entering free agency off the best season of his career.

Through 16 games, Jacobs has carried the ball 323 times for 1,608 yards and 12 touchdowns. All three stats are career-highs as he is also having the best pass-catching season of his NFL career, too. He has caught 51 passes, which is only three short of his single-season best, for 395 yards, which is the most he has had in his career.

The Alabama product leads the league in touches and yards from scrimmage as the Raiders rode him hard this season. He has surpassed the 100-yard plateau six times, including a monster 229-yard performance against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12. He won the game with a walk off, 86-yard touchdown run in overtime.

Entering the last week of the season, Jacobs has his eyes set on a franchise record. He is only 151 yards away from breaking the single-season rushing record of 1,759 that is held by Hall of Famer, Marcus Allen.

Jacobs has reached 151 yards twice this season. The first time was in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs, who happen to be the Raiders’ opponent this weekend as well. Stopping the run has been an issue for Kansas City all season long as they have the 20th-ranked rushing defense in the NFL.

There is certainly a chance that we see history occur at Allegiant Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Already eliminated from the postseason, the Raiders could focus their game plan on Josh Jacobs setting the franchise record, putting a bow on what has been an otherwise disappointing season for the silver and black.