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LaDainain Tomlinson: Raiders' Josh Jacobs should be rookie of the year

LaDainain Tomlinson: Raiders' Josh Jacobs should be rookie of the year

The Raiders drafted Josh Jacobs at No. 24 overall this year and immediately slotted him into the start spot, so he’ll certainly have a chance to make an immediate impact.

LaDainian Tomlinson expects it to be overwhelmingly positive. The Pro Football Hall of Fame running back said so this week on NFL Network, predicting Jacobs would win offensive rookie of the year honors.

“I think he’s going to have the opportunities to do so,” Tomlinson said on NFLN’s “Total Access.” “There’s nobody in that backfield, and he can do it all.”

The former San Diego Chargers great compared Jacobs’ early NFL opportunity to one Jon Gruden gave Cadillac Williams in Tampa Bay.

Gruden ran the Buccaneers when they selected Williams No. 5 overall and then gave him 310 touches as a rookie in 2005. He turned that sum into 1,259 yards total offense and six touchdowns. He got 225 touches the following year and totaled 994 yards and a score.

Jacobs should do better than both of those output sums in this offense – Gruden will give Jacobs similar opportunities -- loaded with weapons at the skill positions. Assuming, of course, that he stays healthy.

Tomlinson then used highlights to show why Jacobs should be effective, including plays made as a runner, receiver and pass protector.

Jacobs saw that Tomlinson video clip on Twitter and gave a motivated response.

Tomlinson is widely considered among the greatest all-around running backs, with a career Jacobs should aspire to and one Raiders fans would be thrilled for him to have in silver and black.

The pair have met, and Tomlinson came away impressed.

“That kid is ready to play,” Tomlinson said. “That kid is going to have a huge impact. He might be the rookie of the year."

Raiders takeaways: What we learned in 17-10 win over lowly Bengals

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Raiders takeaways: What we learned in 17-10 win over lowly Bengals

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OAKLAND -- The Raiders played a rare role in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The favorite. An overwhelming one at that.

Point spreads don’t often play out, and the 13-point favorites didn’t dominate nearly as much as that number would suggest.

This game was close all day, never separated by more than a score. They started with a deficit and ended up with a 17-10 victory, completing a perfect three-game homestand at Oakland Coliseum.

Some sloppy, lackadaisical play kept Cincinnati in the hunt, but the win was never truly in doubt down the stretch. The Bengals had opportunities to take control but were incapable of doing so due either to ineffectiveness or bursts of solid Raiders play.

The Raiders are now 6-4 on the season, still in the mix for a playoff spot. Here are three takeaways from the Silver and Black’s third straight win.

End result all that matters

The Raiders didn’t bring their best Sunday afternoon. A better opponent probably would’ve capitalized on that and made life rough on the home team. They probably would’ve finished the day leading on the scoreboard.

The winless Bengals weren’t capable of that. They offered some resistance, especially in their run game and with their pass rush but didn’t have enough to eclipse the Silver and Black.

In the end, that’s all that matters. The Raiders won. Doesn’t matter if it was close most of the time. The NFL doesn’t offer style points.

The Raiders held serve and sit a half-game behind the Kansas City Chiefs -- who play the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night -- in the division. They sit in the AFC’s No. 7 slot, just outside the playoff picture as they don't hold the tiebreaker over the Chiefs.

This was a game the Raiders were supposed to win. They did that. They’ll have to do so again next week against the New York Jets to set up a Dec. 1 showdown with the Chiefs for the AFC West lead.

Derek Carr fuel-efficient

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was as efficient as ever through the air, adding another game to his run of solid performances Sunday afternoon.

Carr completed 25 of 29 passes for 292 yards, a touchdown and his first interception since Oct. 20. He also ran for a touchdown, slipping through the Bengals front to score from three yards out.

Carr was awesome at the start. He completed his first 14 passes -- the 15th should’ve been caught -- and had a 130.8 passer rating in the first half.

An interception trying to sneak a third-quarter pass to Hunter Renfrow – Jessie Bates undercut the route – was Carr’s major blemish.

Carr was under more pressure than usual in this one, which impacted some drives and kept things close. He failed to connect on a few key throws in the second half that stalled drives, but he played well overall and did what was required to secure a victory.

Maxx Crosby shows up big (again)

The first of two Raiders fourth-round draft picks entered Sunday’s game with 2.5 sacks. He exceeded that total against the Bengals with four takedowns in this game.

The first was a strip sack in the first quarter that Maurice Hurst recovered. The second came on third down in the third quarter and forced a punt. The third one wasn’t as consequential, but showed an efficiency impacting the quarterback displayed in recent games. The fourth made life hard on the Bengals' failed attempt to tie it late, which ended a play later on Trayvon Mullen's interception.

Crosby is a rare Raiders three-down defensive lineman, a role earned by making impact plays since getting an opportunity to play regularly in Week 4.

The Eastern Michigan product has 6.5 sacks total this season and is proving to be a steal from this draft’s middle rounds. Growth potential remains for a talented player still raw in several areas, with the work ethic required to develop under the Raiders coaching staff.

Raiders inactives: Trent Brown will play in Week 11 game vs. Bengals

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Raiders inactives: Trent Brown will play in Week 11 game vs. Bengals

OAKLAND -- The Raiders had a scare Friday when right tackle Trent Brown was listed as questionable for their Week 11 game against the Bengals at the Coliseum.

With tackle David Sharpe already listed as out with a calf injury, that would put Brandon Parker in line to start if Brown was unable to play. 

But it looks like the Raiders' offensive line will be whole to start the game as Brown is listed as active. The Raiders' offensive line played their first whole game together in Week 10, showing promise in a win over the Chargers. 

The Raiders also will be without starting slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner who injured his hamstring in the win over the Chargers. Cornerback Nevin Lawson is expected to slide into his role Sunday, with Daryl Worley also potentially seeing time inside. 

The Raiders also designated quarterback DeShone Kizer, center Erik Magnuson, receiver Keelan Doss, defensive tackle Terrell McClain and return man Dwayne Harris inactive. Harris can't seem to get right, now missing his third straight game and seventh in the last eight. He has been dealing with ankle and foot issues most of the year, hindering the kicking game in the process. Trevor Davis has filled in returning kickoffs and punts, and will continue doing so on Sunday against the Bengals. 

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The Bengals made guard Alex Redmond, offensive tackle Cordy Glen, quarterback Jake Dolegala, tight end Drew Sample, receiver A.J. Green -- he was ruled out early in the week -- CB Torry McTyer and defensive end Anthony Zettel.