The Oakland Raiders hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, losing 28-10 after a rough game on both sides of the ball.
Perhaps the lone bright spot of the Raiders was the production of rookie running back Josh Jacobs, who had his second straight strong game to begin his career.
Jacobs finished the day with 99 rushing yards on 12 carries despite dealing with cramps during the second quarter. He was able to come back in the second half and had a massive 51-yard carry where he broke a few tackles from Chiefs defenders.
He had the opportunity to go out of bounds on that play but instead took on three defenders to gain a few extra yards. Jacobs stated that he is ready to take on those kinds of hits via Scott Blair of NBC Sports Bay Area:
“I don’t want to be labeled as a soft back,” Jacobs said. “I’m still young, so my body can take those kinds of hits.”
Jacobs has proved to be a great addition to the Raiders run game. He has been able to secure many key first downs and power through opposing defenses.
It also is particularly impressive that Jacobs was able to come back after cramping up. The rest of the Raiders offense could not get back into a rhythm during the second half as Carr ended up throwing two interceptions trying to get the Raiders back from their 28-10 deficit.
The second half was really only highlighted by Jacobs huge run. The rookie running back said he thought he was due for a big play:
“I kind of knew it was going to break,” Jacobs said. “I could feel it a couple of plays before, that one was going to bust open. It happened to be that play, and I tried to pick up my legs and get as much as I could
Although he did not score any touchdowns, Jacobs managed to total more yards on fewer carries than his Week 1 performance. So far, Jacobs’s 184 yards and two touchdowns across two games leads all rookies in the NFL. He is also fourth amongst all running backs for rushing yards so far this season.
Although it’s too early to tell, Jacobs might not have it as easy against the Minnesota Vikings in the Raiders’ Week 3 matchup. The Vikings currently have only allowed 217 rushing yards in their two games played and last year they allowed the 18th-most rushing yards.
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