Las Vegas running back Josh Jacobs was also a factor. He finished with 139 yards from scrimmage and three rushing touchdowns, consistently putting the Raiders in favorable down-and-distance situations.
“His speed is great, and he can do a lot of things with the ball and out there running routes,” Thompson said.
If there’s a silver lining, the Panthers’ rush defense improved as the game went on. Jacobs recorded only 37 yards rushing on 14 carries in the second half, averaging 2.6 yards per attempt. That led to the Raiders emphasizing short routes on the game-winning drive. Carr did not complete a pass more than 4 yards beyond the line of scrimmage during that possession.
“They weren’t able to run up the middle, so if you can’t run up the middle, then you have to come up with trick plays to try to get
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