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FMIA Week 12: Josh Jacobs Takes Heckling Personally, And A Banner Week For Two-Point Conversion Risks

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This Josh Jacobs amazing player. Today we have 15 more bright things to talk about besides the 4-7 Raiders: 49ers haven’t scored a single point in the second half in five weeks, no one wants to win the NFC South, that’s it. Deshawn Watsonhere are the dolphins Jalen Hurts can seriously challenge Patrick Mahomes for MVP, NFL can’t be serious about leaving Denver Sunday night in two weeks, Washington could throw Giants for last in NFC East next week, what should we think about North Little Rock Jerry Jones? — and I’ll get to everyone and even more. But what happened Sunday in Decibelville, that Raiders 40-34 overtime win in Seattle, was extraordinary.

“It all started before the game,” Jacobs, the NFL’s Week 12 hero, told me as he sat in the Raiders’ giddy locker room in Seattle. “This fan, when we came out of the tunnel, was holding a sign: “3-7. NOT BAD FOR A TALENTLESS TEAM.” And he yelled at us, all these bad things. I just looked at him and said, “Thanks for that. I needed this today. You turn me”.

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Jacobs needed this because he entered the game with a sore calf and the Raiders didn’t know how long he would last. Oh, he lasted. Never in college or professional career has he touched the ball 39 times in a game. Never before has he gained 303 yards in a scrimmage game. He never aimed for a touchdown as far as 86 yards. He did it all on Sunday, winning the last goal in overtime.

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But there were losses of Jacobs. It was a rough, daring game. You think when a guy races 229 yards and walks away in triumph, it was a fun game with a few challenges. Not this way. Seattle has a puncher defense, Joe Frazier’s physical Type D that makes you want to make every inch. Jacobs was very weak when he failed to convert a fourth and one run with nine minutes left, leaving Seattle with a small field; this touchdown gave the Seahawks a 34–27 lead. But the Raiders are back to force the OT. And in the first play of the Raiders’ second overtime, Jacobs’ run over right-back was the bell.

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“We ran a lot outside the zone and I saw midfielders pointing out. So we ended up running inside the zone and I knew if I went through the line there would be a foot race after that,” Jacobs told me.

I asked Jacobs if he considered himself the best runner in football and he retorted that he enjoyed watching and learning from Nick Chubb as well as Derrick Henry. Let’s compare the three men who lead the NFL in December entry speed:

Jacobs: 1,159 yards, 5.4 rushing, nine touchdowns.

Henry: 1,048 yards, 4.2 rush, 10 touchdowns

Chubb: 1,039 yards, 5.2 rush, 12 touchdowns.

Yes, Jacobs leads the league with 111 yards with six games to go. On Sunday, he cared more about winning. He also took care of the fan with a sign.

“He’s the first one I wanted to find after we won,” Jacobs said. “I went up to him and said, “Thank you.”

Lead: many leads

The 10 NFL Stories I’m Most Interested In Finishing the Regular Season:

Denver NFL Challenge. With the Broncos stuck in one high-profile scumbag in a separate Christmas afternoon game with the equally dying Rams, the league has until tomorrow to take a break from Week 14 Sunday night, KC in Denver.

Should Jerry Jones be flogged in public for a 65-year-old photo? Jones, thanks to some digging Washington Post, right in the middle of a story about race and culture and the bad practice of hiring an NFL head coach.

Did Odell Beckham ruin his chances of becoming a rare end-of-season playoff vaccine for an opponent with his bizarre Florida plane story on Sunday? Probably no. The Cowboys, Bills and Giants will be the judges.

Are Doug Pederson and Brandon Staley emphatically saying they want to play 2 instead of playing OT on Sunday, or was that the case? Our sports society is so confused. Pederson and Staley are geniuses in that they went for two, converted and won on Sunday. If they had failed? I’m guessing Steven A. Smith and Mad Dog will put them on public display today for making bad calls.

Mike White made Robert Saleh solid. After seven days, the Jets coach stopped saying he wasn’t even thinking about changing quarterbacks. Zach Wilson, put Wilson on the bench instead of White, watch White play the Jet’s best quarterback this season. The dispute is over. This has never really happened.

Well now Jordan Love. FROM Aaron Rogers with thumb and oblique injuries, and with the 4-8 Packers out of any realistic playoff struggle, Love’s more than hopeful performance should get him a start next week in Chicago. And maybe four more after that.

God, the defense of San Francisco this past month looks like something out of Knoll’s days. On Sunday, the Niners had their fourth league shutout of the season. How big would the clash of styles be if the Niners faced Dallas, Philadelphia, or the Vikes in the playoffs?

Matt Rule coaches Nebraska. Mike Rozierwill not enter this door. But the Land Reclamation King should have a chance to make the Huskers competitive. If you can win at Temple, you can win at Lincoln.

Deshawn Watson is back. With his mates on Monday and Tuesday after the Browns stunned Tampa on Sunday, Watson will be in the room digesting and contributing to the game plan for next Sunday’s game in Houston. Oddly, and somehow aptly, Watson’s first NFL game in 700 days will take place at NRG Stadium on Sunday at noon PT.

Justin Jefferson hacks my top five MVP. Part of the reason is what he does off the ball.

The stories of the week follow and I know I’ll miss 10 or 15 good ones.

To go or not to go


I love coaches who don’t leave games until the coin toss. Doug Pederson as well as Brandon Staley both chose to try to win in regulation time rather than be subjected to the vagaries of overtime. Back when Pederson was in Philadelphia, I remember him expressing his desire to win like this: You have two options. You can go for a draw and then risk losing the toss in overtime and never see the ball again. Or you can go for the win – you can pick your best short yard game or games and pick one, believing you have a better chance of winning two yards with a game you love than trying to win an overtime game.

On Sunday, Jacksonville got the ball with 2:02 left in the game, starting on the 25th and ending with Baltimore 27-20. “I knew early in the game that if we scored, I would win two,” Pederson told me.

But along the way, Pederson realized that his favorite two-point game was designed for the elusive running back. Travis Etienne, and Etienne was out due to a foot injury sustained earlier in the game. He didn’t like anything else on his playlist. But when Trevor Lawrence threw a TD with 14 seconds left, the offense went off the field fully armed, prompting Pederson to go for two.

He probably would have done it anyway, but the attitude of his team convinced him. “Then I thought about our players,” Pederson said. “Zai Jones it was hot then – he made a couple of great catches. We had a game for him – stuttering and a quick exit to the front pylon. So it was a call.”

Jones had a corner move, Trevor Lawrence had a great shot, and suddenly it was 28-27, Jacksonville’s biggest win of the season. When Pederson later hugged Lawrence, QB said, “Thank you for trusting me.” This, according to Pederson, is a huge part of the quarterback’s growth.

Now to the late window.

“The irony after what Doug did today,” Staley from Arizona told me Sunday night, “is that the play we used is the play from Philadelphia. We call it the Philadelphia Followers. This is the famous route they had for Zach Ertz. And when we started this last run, we knew it was going to be a game from the start.”

The idea of ​​the game is to isolate the tight end, in this case Gerald Everettsomewhere in the middle of the field. FROM Keenan Allen as well as Austin Thanks. drawing attention on the front runs, the tight end should take place in the middle. At least that was the plan Staley hoped for. He was right. Everett was surprisingly open.

In the case of the Chargers, the choice for two is quite clear. They’re so beaten up now that there’s no point in risking their cards willingly by winning the toss with Kyler Murray, James Conner, DeAndre HopkinsAJ Green as well as Marchioness Brown deal with emaciated D.

Obviously, as a coach, you have to be ready to take on the challenge when you make that call. Both of these coaches have shown that they can handle a lot. Luckily for them, this time they didn’t have to wear armor to deal with the flying arrows.

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Seeing this story in Washington Post two great writers of our time, David Maraniss and Sally Jenkins, my first thought was: How did Jenkins and Maraniss even find a photograph of a 14-year-old high school sophomore, Jerry Jonesin the midst of one of the largest civil rights protests…


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