The Oakland Raiders spent one of their three first round picks on running back Josh Jacobs, and he is quickly paying dividends. Jacobs was named offensive rookie of the month for October, and has now climbed to the top of the odds at DraftKings Sportsbook to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Jacobs and the Raiders had a bye in mid-October, so they only played three games this month. During that time, Jacobs had 62 carries for 313 yards and two touchdowns. He surpassed 100 yards rushing against the Chicago Bears in Week 5 and against the Green Bay Packers in Week 7.
This came after a September in which he rushed for 307 yards. The total was not as high, but his yards per carry average has remained impressive. Through eight weeks, he is averaging an even five yards per carry.
Jacobs now sits at +150 to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Behind him are quarterbacks Kyler Murray (+175), Gardner Minshew (+400), and Daniel Jones (+1600). Murray and Minshew have both helped lead their teams to solid turnarounds, but they’ve been just inconsistent enough that they have not been able to fully maintain their momentum toward the award.
Jacobs will look to build on his strong October when he and the Raiders host the Detroit Lions in Week 9. The Lions defense got off to a solid start but has struggled of late. They rank 19th in rushing efficiency. Last week, they held Saquon Barkley to 64 yards, but the previous two weeks they gave up 142 yards and two touchdowns to Dalvin Cook and 151 yards combined to Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones.