After the Las Vegas Raiders’ 37-34 overtime win over Jarrett Stidham’s Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, San Francisco 49ers star defensive end Nick Bosa saved his highest praise for running back Josh Jacobs.
“It’s a really good team. Best tracks I’ve played in my career, no doubt about it,” Bosa said. “That guy is a beast. And they have a lot of talented players. The quarter was well played.
“The NFL will humble you 100 percent of the time.”
After the Raiders declined his fifth-year option before the season, Jacobs has been dominant. He leads the NFL with 1,608 yards entering Week 18, 179 more than second (Derrick Henry). With 95 carries Sunday, Jacobs (2003) became the second Raiders player to gain 2,000-plus scrimmage yards in a season, joining Marcus Allen (2,314), who did it during his MVP campaign in 1985.
Player of the year candidate Bosa’s praise for Jacobs underscores how many around the league view the bulldozing RB. The question heading into the off-season is whether the club will land a second signing after coming off a 300-plus transfer campaign. The market for RBs like this isn’t booming, but it only takes one team to make a big offer.
As for the 49ers D, it was the first time before Halloween that it allowed an offense to score more than 20 points. Vegas produced 34 points to force overtime and racked up 500 total yards against the NFL’s best defense.
Bassa noted that it was good for the Niners to get these types of plays out of their system before the playoffs.
“A lot to get better at, but I think we needed that defensively,” Bosa said.
Even with the D playing its worst game since Week 7, the Niners still found a way to win their ninth straight game, the longest active streak in the NFL. San Francisco is currently the No. 2 seed in the NFC and could win the Arizona Cardinals in Week 18 and the Eagles lose to the Giants.