Raiders at Cowboys: Offensive Grades for 2021 Week 12
The Raiders’ offense finished the day with 143 yards rushing on 35 carries, two going for touchdowns. Of the 143 yards, 87 came from starting running back Josh Jacobs, who ran hard and was a workhorse carrying it 22 times.
Kenyan Drake ran for 25 yards on 7seven carries and also hauled in a couple of passes, though only for a measly five yards.
Both backs averaged under 4 yards per carry, which seems to be a concerning theme with Josh Jacobs specifically, however, the offensive line has a lot to do with that.
Throughout the game, Jacobs had to find any little sliver within the offensive front which shows the line is not creating many holes for the backs to rush through. That being said, 1st round backs should be near elite and able to excel even without a good offensive line.
Regardless, both backs did what they had to allow Greg Olson to keep a healthy balance in the play-calling alive. It is clear the passing game is the strength of the offense, so as long as the backs can keep the defenses honest and pound out some tough yards when called upon they are doing their job.