After a well-rested Week 6 bye, the Silver and Black came out strong for the Raiders vs Texans Week 7 matchup on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium, finishing in a 38-20 victory. Surely enough, Josh Jacobs was on fire once again as his hot wheels kept spinning for his third consecutive rushing week of 140 yards or more.
Not only did he gain massive yardage, Jacobs ended the day with three touchdowns in the second half. The last time the Bama RB had that many tuddies was the Raiders first regular season game in 2020. What a career day for the fourth year back, who’s definitely playing with a chip on his shoulder following his 2021 season. Staying humble, he gave props to the offensive line when asked about his performance.
“I think it’s more of a credit to the offensive line,” said Jacobs. “I come back to them all the time because I feel like it’s the first time in a long time where I’ve had four to five yards without being touched by anybody. They’re making it pretty easy on me, and I’m gonna make sure I take care of them for sure.”
The Raiders finished the game with over 400 yards from scrimmage, their best showing so far this season. Derek Carr threw for 241 yards and a touchdown off of 21 out of 27 passes. The touchdown went to the 6 foot 4 receiver Mack Hollins on a 26-yard dart throw by Carr right before halftime of the Raiders vs Texans Week 7 game.
Even without tight end Darren Waller, who suffered a hamstring injury against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football, Carr was able to utilize his back up Foster Moreau, who finished with 28 yards on three receptions. Receivers Davante Adame and Hunter Renfrow finished the game with 95 yards on 8 receptions and 55 yards on three receptions, respectively.
The momentum of the game shifted as Jacobs rushed in his second touchdown of the game on a late third quarter drive to bring his team up 24-20, erasing the three point deficit that had been lingering since the beginning of the quarter. The Texans defense were unable to stop the run, allowing an average of 6.1 yards per carry to the Raiders.
“We expected the game to come down to the fourth quarter,” said Raiders coach Josh McDaniel. “It’s all them, the players win the game. They settled down, they got into the flow of the game, they understood how Houston was playing us and they made the plays.”
Up next for Week 8, the Raiders will travel to New Orleans for a matchup against the Saints on Sunday, October 30.