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Josh Jacobs identifies turning point in Raiders’ blowout loss to Chiefs

Josh Jacobs identifies turning point in Raiders’ blowout loss to Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Everything that could go wrong did early in Oakland’s 40-9 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, but the Raiders weren’t out of it.

The score remained relatively close through most of the first half. The Raiders were down one score until late in the second quarter, when the Chiefs scored another touchdown.

The Raiders weren’t happy to be down two scores, but still felt like they were within striking distance. A comeback could be arranged if they stopped making mistakes and got their offense back on track.

That feeling didn’t last long.

Quarterback Derek Carr threw a pick six five plays later than took wind out of the Raiders’ sails.

Running back Josh Jacobs could feel the momentum change when Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill jumped Tyrell Williams’ rout, picked it and took it to the house. The game’s dynamic turned on its ear right then, and pessimism pervaded after that backbreaking turnover that Jacobs considered the game’s true turning point.

“[That] really took our morale,” Jacobs said. “You could feel the emotions. You could feel the swing. And I tried to go out there and do my job as a running back and inspire the team, inspire the play calling and all that. I tried to do my best, but I have to be better.”

Jacobs did all he could, rushing for 104 yards on 17 carries, though he only had three carries for nine yards in the second half. That pick six put Kansas City up three scores, essentially taking an efficient, steadily productive Raiders run game out of the equation.

The game got out of hand in the second half, with the Chiefs scoring routinely as time whittled down. After that pick six, though, the rout was on.

It was the second in as many weeks, following a 34-3 embarrassment at the hands of the New York Jets.

Jacobs was quick to differentiate those defeats, saying he felt better after this loss that the last one.

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“We have a really good team and we’re not showcasing that right now,” Jacobs said. “That’s the biggest thing that is frustrating me. The thing I liked this week that was better than last week was that nobody gave up. That was huge for us.

“…Last week, I feel like people gave up in the game. That was biggest thing about this game, that I don’t feel like people gave up. Of course, I’m disappointed in the loss, but I’m not frustrated.”

Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs limited ahead of Jaguars game

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Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs limited ahead of Jaguars game

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders' offense was ineffective in last Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Titans without running back Josh Jacobs. 

The rookie sensation has a fractured shoulder and was unable to go despite giving an emotional plea to play prior to kick-off. Jacobs underwent an MRI on Monday and the results reportedly were better than expected, meaning Jacobs supposedly could give it a go in the finale at the Coliseum on Sunday against the Jaguars. 

Jacobs was cleared to practice Wednesday when the Raiders held their normal mid-week walkthrough. Jacobs officially was listed as limited in Wednesday's estimation and he will have to clear some hurdles in order to get the thumbs up to go Sunday. 

"I just listen to the medical and Josh," Gruden said Wednesday. "He'll still have to go out there and move explosively tomorrow, Friday and do the things that a running back has to do to play in this league and protect himself in this league. We'll see what happens in the next 48 hours."

Right tackle Trent Brown, who missed the loss to the Titans with a pectoral injury, did not participate Wednesday and Gruden is not sure if he will be able to play against the Jaguars. 

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Here is the Raiders' injury report from Wednesday's walkthrough: 

Did not participate
OT Trent Brown (pectoral)
CB Daryl Worley (neck)
WR Hunter Renfrow (rib)
LB Marquel Lee (toe)
LB Kyle Wilber (ankle)

Limited
RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
DB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
G Gabe Jackson (knee)

NFL rumors: Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs expected to play vs. Jaguars

NFL rumors: Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs expected to play vs. Jaguars

The Raiders should receive a big boost this Sunday when they suit up for their final game in Oakland. 

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that Raiders' rookie running back Josh Jacobs is expected to return against the Jaguars after missing last week's loss to the Titans with a shoulder injury. 

Jacobs made an impassioned plea to play against Tennessee and teared up when he learned the Raiders wouldn't let him go. He even took a painkilling injection to prepare for play, but the medical staff ruled the rookie out. 

Coach Jon Gruden hinted Monday that Jacobs could return this week after missing just one game. 

“We’re never going to put a guy out there that can’t play, but we’re going into the last game in the history of the Oakland Raiders and it’s an emotional time," Gruden told reporters. "We’re going to try to win the game. We’re not eliminated from the playoffs and we’re going to try to win every single time we strap it on.”

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Jacobs, the No. 24 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, has been a star as a rookie this season. He became the first rookie in Raiders history to rush for at least 1,000 yards, and is up to 1,061 on 218 carries. The 21-year-old is averaging 4.9 yards per carry, 88.4 yards rushing per game and has scored seven touchdowns. 

Despite missing last Sunday's game, Jacobs still ranks sixth among the NFL's rushing leaders -- just 10 yards behind Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott.