Raiders News: Josh Jacobs Frustrated After Losing To Steelers

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The Las Vegas Raiders have made losing in the clutch an art form as they succumbed to another late-game comeback loss, this time at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett was able to find George Pickens in the final minute for what would be the game-winning touchdown, dealing yet another blow to the Raiders. Las Vegas was in control for most of the day but again couldn’t string together long enough drives to put the game away.

All the close losses during the 2022 season would make any player crack, and it appears Josh Jacobs is at that point as he did not mince words about his frustration via Vic Tafur of The Athletic:

The losses are wearing on Jacobs:
“I’m tired of dealing with this … Everyday I come here and bust my ass and I see the guys busting their ass and the result is not there.
“For me, the last 4 years, the result has not been there. And quite frankly, I don’t know what else to do.”

— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) December 25, 2022

Jacobs made sure to credit his defense for getting stops and put the onus on the offense to be better in second halves:

Josh Jacobs frustrated at another come-from-ahead loss: “It’s bullshit. It’s on us. Everybody wants to talk about the defense, but they made their stops when they’re supposed to. We have to help them out. … and I am tired of saying that.” #Raiders

— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) December 25, 2022

The 24-year-old has been one of the best running backs in the league this season, so naturally, he pointed out that the Raiders should have given him more opportunities to carry the football:

Steelers were stopping the run but …
“We still had opportunities to make plays,” Jacobs said. “I felt we were close and about to get a big one and we went away from it.
“The passing game was working early … but to win these games in the cold, you have to run the ball.”

— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) December 25, 2022

It’s hard to blame Jacobs for how he’s feeling after a tough loss, especially one that felt like it could’ve easily been prevented had the Raiders chosen to stick with the ground game. Although Pittsburgh did well to bottle up Jacobs for 44 yards on the ground, it still would’ve kept their defense honest whenever Las Vegas decided to throw.

Regardless, the Silver and Black need to find a way to close the year out with some positive momentum, and that might involved giving Jacobs more opportunities no matter the game script.

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