The Las Vegas Raiders snapped a three-game losing streak last week in an overtime win over the Denver Broncos on the road. This week against the Seattle Seahawks on the road, they began an overtime winning streak.
Josh Jacobs took his 33rd carry of the night for 86 yards to not only pick up 229 rushing yards for an NFL season record in 2022, but more importantly, for the ultimate victory over Seattle in a thrilling 40-34 win.
Jacobs punched a hole in the right side of his offensive line after the Seahawks were forced to make a 3-and-out and punted to the Las Vegas 14-yard line and caused a couple of defenders to miss before seeing an open turf of Seattle and there is not one left to beat. He hit the Jets and the Raiders celebrated before he even got to the end zone.
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Jacobs is now the NFL’s leading rusher with 1,159 yards, surpassing Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, who now has 1,048 after rushing for just 38 yards in a 20-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
This game was as exciting as it gets, with tons of ups and downs, including in the fourth quarter when Geno Smith’s fumble resulted in a Raiders recovery, resulting in turnovers on chances for Las Vegas, who then it resulted in a touchdown to put the Seahawks up 34-27 after Travis Homer’s 18-yard reception. It’s that back-and-forth game that kept fans on the edge of their seats throughout the game.
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But the Raiders weren’t going to go without a fight, and Derek Carr had more than enough time to tie this game. He went 10 plays and 75 yards on the ensuing drive to find Foster Moreau for a 5-yard score, tying it after Daniel Carlson scored the extra point.
Once overtime arrived, Las Vegas won the coin toss, but was unable to drive the ball into the red zone. Instead, Carlson set up a 56-yard field goal to at least give the defense a chance to end the game. But he missed to the right, giving Seattle great field position at their own 38-yard line.
The Raiders didn’t give them an inch to work with, however, as Seattle punted in three plays and set up Jacobs’ eventual score.
He was not only productive in the running game, but also in the receiving game with 74 yards to tie Davante Adams for the team lead in six receptions. Adams had seven receptions on 11 targets from Carr, but was not one of the recipients of all three of Carr’s touchdown passes.
Instead, it was Ameer Abdullah who made an 18-yard catch for the team’s first touchdown of the game. Mack Hollins then found the end zone on Carr’s 36-yard jumper to make it 14–13.
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As they have all season, the Seahawks performed well at home behind Smith, who had 328 yards and two touchdown passes. Tyler Lockett had his other touchdown pass for 35 yards.
On the ground, rookie running back Kenneth Walker III was stopped a lot with just 26 yards on 14 touches. However, he had two rushing touchdowns for Seattle, who liked to use him in red zone scenarios.
With the loss, the San Francisco 49ers now have sole possession of first place in the NFC West after earning their seventh win of the season on Sunday. Seattle falls into second place with a 6-5 record, but will face the Los Angeles Rams next Sunday to try to get back into first place.
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The Raiders, now 4-7, don’t have the playoffs in their sights right now, but they could play the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.