Raiders Running Back Extends Incredible Streak in Week 7

The Las Vegas Raiders notched only their second win of the season when they defeated the Houston Texans 38-20, and they have the continued dominance of their fourth-year running back to thank. Josh Jacobs continued his amazing October, rushing for over 140 yards for the third straight game. Jacobs has emerged as one of the best backs in the league over the past three weeks, leading the Raiders to a 2-1 record and compiling an amazing 523 yards from scrimmage and six total touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards per rush and 5.5 yards per target.

The Raiders took a calculated risk in the 2022 offseason by neglecting to pick up Jacobs' fifth-year rookie contract option, meaning Jacobs will hit unrestricted free agency following this season. On the one hand, the rejection may have spurred Jacobs to step up his game. Then again, Jacobs may have increased his value to the point that he'll cost more for the Raiders to keep at the end of the season on a franchise tag, assuming they want to keep him.

Jacobs joined the Raiders as their 24th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft during the much-maligned Jon Gruden/Mike Mayock era. Prior to this season, his best work came as a rookie: he rushed for 1150 yards at an efficient 4.8 yards per carry and added 166 yards through the air at 6.1 yards per target. He has totalled 4613 yards from scrimmage over 49 appearances with the Raiders.
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