Josh Jacobs dominate in Raiders first win
The message this week for the Las Vegas Raiders was simple: avoid going 0-4 at all costs. The Raiders were able to pick up their first win in the Josh McDaniels era. The game script was simple for the Raiders keep the ball in running back Josh Jacob’s hands.
Jacobs had a total of 175 yards from scrimmage and 2 TDS. “He’s one of the best runners that I’ve ever been around,” said Josh McDaniels. “Take that for what it’s worth. And I’ve been around some good ones.” The Raiders also had a strong performance from Pro Bowl defensive end Maxx Crosby who wreaked havoc on Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson. Crosby had four tackles, two sacks and a batted pass. The Raiders played a very good game on both sides of the ball, winning the turnover battle, and time-of-possession. The Raiders used a defensive score to snatch momentum, with Amik Robertson scoring a 68-yard touchdown when he scooped-and-scored off of Melvin Gordon's fumble. Melvin Gordon has already fumbled the ball four times this season. In order for the Broncos to have success this season they will likely need Gordon to focus primarily on his ball control as he assumes to be the featured back going forward. Javonte Williams suffered a knee injury on the opening play of the second half, and he was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. In the fourth quarter, edge rusher Randy Gregory, the team's big free agent signing this offseason appeared to suffer a knee injury of his own. Both players were carted off which is never a good sign. The injuries couldn’t have happened at a worse time for the Broncos. The Broncos still look out of sync on offense, and they also lead the league in penalties. Broncos have a quick turnaround before they play host to the Indianapolis Colts on "Thursday Night Football." It's possible that both teams could be without their star running backs, as Jonathan Taylor was also injured on Sunday. The Raiders do not play until "Monday Night Football" next week, as they travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs.