Week 1 wasn’t what he expect from the Las Vegas Raiders’ running game and star tailback Josh Jacobs.
Despite a Week 1 17-16 victory at the Denver Broncos, Jacobs (a noted Bronco killer) did not have a hugely productive game. He had 48 yards on 19 carries against the Broncos in a game the Las Vegas offensive line (which was terrific in pass protection) struggled to find consistent holes for Jacobs at some points of the game.
Yet, not all was lost for the 2022 NFL rushing king in Denver. As noted in the below tweet (with data from TruMediaSports), Jacobs led all NFL tailbacks with avoided tackles in Week 1 with eight.
Week 1 avoided tackles:— Jacob Gibbs (@jagibbs_23) September 12, 2023
8 - Josh Jacobs
7 - Bijan Robinson
6 - Kenneth Walker, Jahmyr Gibbs (he touched the ball nine times)
5 - Cam Akers, Austin Ekeler, Christian McCaffrey, Travis Etienne, Tyler Allgeier, Isiah Pacheco, Breece Hall (11 touches)
Data per @TruMediaSports
That’s consistent with what Jacobs does. He breaks and avoids tackles at a high rate. So, this is a sign that Jacobs is just fine and we should expect to see the production rise soon perhaps as soon as Sunday at the Buffalo Bills.
In other Raiders’ news:
- Rollercoaster time: The Athletic chronicles the craziness of Jimmy Garoppolo’s Las Vegas Raiders’ debut, which ended very nicely indeed.
- Grades are in: Check out Pro Football Focus’ Week 1 grades. Who were the studs and duds this weekend?
- Great protection: The Las Vegas Review-Journal looks into the great pass protection the Raiders’ offensive line gave Garoppolo at Denver and how it played a big role into their win over the Broncos.