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Josh Jacobs scores 3 touchdowns in Week 1 win over Panthers

It was a productive start to the year for a running back who will likely be in contention for some awards

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Carolina Panthers Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

For anyone who has Josh Jacobs as the best running back in the NFL this season, you and he are off to good starts. In the first game of his second pro season, Jacobs helped the Las Vegas Raiders score 34 points — the most by a Jon Gruden team in regulation since he took over again in 2018 — and Jacobs had 93 yards on 25 carries.

He also scored three touchdowns.

Jacobs career-high for touchdowns in a single game was two prior to Sunday, something he did three times in 2019. He did have six games with a higher rushing total last season.

We just can’t say after one week how good the Panthers run defense really is but Jacobs pushed through enough to finish the day with more rushing yards than any other player in the Sunday morning games except for the guy on the other sideline.

Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey had 96 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

Kansas City’s rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 138 rushing yards on Thursday, the most in Week 1 so far.