weather icon Mostly Cloudy

Raiders’ Josh Jacobs sees solid front from winless Bengals

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Bengals are 0-9 and last in run defense. In theory, that might have a player like Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs salivating at the prospect of facing them Sunday.

Instead, Jacobs said after Thursday’s practice that he was completely unaware of both the Bengals’ record and their struggles against the run.

“Honestly? I didn’t even know that was their stats. I didn’t know that was their record. I didn’t know they were last in rush defense — honestly,” Jacobs said. “We don’t really look at that.”

Hard as that may be to believe, Jacobs wasn’t the only one on the Raiders who didn’t know those numbers. Jacobs verified this by asking multiple teammates around him in the locker room.

Instead of looking at the numbers, Jacobs has been studying the Bengals’ film. And Jacobs says he can see a solid front, especially over the last few games.

“They’re kind of just solid players who just play their role,” Jacobs said.

Cincinnati has improved a bit since surrendering a season-high 269 yards rushing to the Baltimore in Week 6 — but only marginally. The Bengals still gave up 216 yards rushing to the Jaguars, 98 to the Rams and 136 last week in their second loss to the division-rival Ravens this season.

Overall, Cincinnati is surrendering 173 yards per game on the ground, and is No. 31 in giving up 5.2 yards per carry. The Bengals have allowed more than 250 yards rushing three times in 2019. And even when they gave up a season-low 66 yards rushing to the Steelers in Week 4, they still lost 27-3.

On the other hand, Oakland enters the Week 11 matchup No. 8 in rushing offense, averaging 130 yards per game on the ground. Jacobs continues to make his case for Offensive Rookie of the Year, currently ranking No. 7 with 811 yards rushing.

So as the Raiders and Bengals get set to play Sunday, this is clearly strength versus weakness.

Still, as offensive coordinator Greg Olson put it, the Raiders are in no position to overlook anybody.

“They have a defensive line that you can take a look at and recognize those names, and you watch them on tape and they’re playing hard,” Olson said. “So I think our guys in no way would say that this is a group that you could overlook, now.”

Generally, Jacobs’ ability to run the ball has improved the Raiders’ offense in many areas — especially third down. As another strength vs. weakness matchup, the Raiders are currently No. 4 in converting 47.7 percent of their third-down opportunities. The Bengals are No. 24, allowing opponents to convert 44.3 percent of the time.

“Every Thursday when we’re out here, we emphasize third downs and the third-down pressures,” Olson said. “They’ve got a lot of confidence in one another — both in terms of the protection part of it and the execution part of it from within the passing game.”

Oakland is averaging 5.5 yards per carry on first down, which is a significant factor in keeping the offense on track. Quarterback Derek Carr said he notices the dividends.

“Third-and-3 in this league is a lot different than third-and-8, that’s for sure,” Carr said. “We give our offensive line and Josh a lot of credit for staying efficient in the run game and in our quick passing game that everyone loves so much.”

“That’s just our mentality — we want to come in and be more physical than the other team. We always want to start the drive fast,” Jacobs said. “It makes our offense easier to call, honestly. And it makes us more dangerous because we can actually get into our playbook a little more.”

Jacobs said he’s feeling fresh after playing last Thursday, with the Raiders getting 10 days between games. But then again, he said he’s felt fresh all season — despite being on pace to take more carries as a rookie than he did his whole collegiate career at Alabama.

“From a body standpoint, I already feel good,” Jacobs said. “But I didn’t know that — that’s a plus, too.”

So Jacobs didn’t know the Bengals stats and he wasn’t aware the Raiders had 10 days between games. But he knows what’s important to him — the Raiders have an opportunity to move to 6-4. And if the expected occurs, Jacobs should have one of his best games of the season.

More Raiders: Follow at vegasnation.com and @VegasNation on Twitter.

Contact Myles Simmons at msimmons@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0350. Follow @MylesASimmons on Twitter.

Don't miss the latest Raiders news. Like our Vegas Nation page
Raiders Videos
How The Raiders Can Beat The Titans | Vegas Nation Red Zone
The Raiders will face off against the Tennessee Titans at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday. Sports Columnist Ed Graney and Vegas Nation Red Zone host Heidi Fang go over the matchup and how the Raiders need to keep quarterback Ryan Tannehill in check.
Roger Goodell tours Allegiant Stadium
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell toured $2 billion Allegiant Stadium and called Las Vegas a "Super Bowl city" on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.
Josh Jacobs Questionable for Sunday Against Titans - VIDEO
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden announced on Friday that rookie running back Josh Jacobs would be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.
Raiders Tackle Trent Brown Out Against Titans - VIDEO
Raiders offensive tackle Trent Brown will not play in Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans. Brandon Parker will be replacing him due to David Sharpe dealing with a calf injury.
Raiders Managing Jacobs' Shoulder Injury Throughout The Week - VIDEO
The Raiders are monitoring rookie running back Josh Jacobs' shoulder injury to make sure he is good-to-go for their game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. They'll also have to figure out how to stop the Titans high powered offense with Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry on the other side of the ball. (Le'Andre Fox/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Deshone Kizer Moves Up Raiders Depth Chart - VIDEO
Raiders quarterback Deshone Kizer moved up the depth chart Thursday replacing Mike Glennon as Derek Carr's backup going forward. On defense the Raiders are preparing to take on the Titans' tank of a running back in Derrick Henry.
After Losing Two on the Road, Raiders Hope To Continue Home Win Streak - VIDEO
The Raiders are 4-1 at home this season and looking to add on to their three-game win streak at home after two blowout losses on the road in previous weeks.The Raiders are also hopeful to get rookie wide receiver Hunter Renfrow back for the last two games of the season. (Le'Andre Fox/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders AFC Wildcard Ranking on the Line Against Titans - VIDEO
The Tennessee Titans are ranked above the Raiders in the AFC Wildcard standings and with a win this Sunday the team will put themselves in a better position for post season play.
Raiders Henderson Headquarters Tour Update - Video
The Raiders Henderson headquarters is set to open sometime in June, just a month before Allegiant Stadium's opening date. The Las Vegas Review-Journal was given a tour of the future Las Vegas Raiders' home and practice facilities.
Raiders Headquarters In Henderson Name Officially Revealed - Video
The Raiders practice facility and headquarters in Henderson had its name officially revealed. Intermountain Healthcare will have the naming rights for the facility. Cassie Soto and Mick Akers break down the new business deal with the Raiders.
Raiders Have to Correct Miscues For A Shot at Postseason Play - VIDEO
There is a lot the Raiders have to correct heading into the final stretch of the season if they want to have a shot at a wild card spot. They can begin to right the ship this Sunday when they take on the Tennessee Titans in one of their final games in Oakland. (Le'Andre Fox/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders won't win AFC West, Playoff Hopes Still Alive - VIDEO
With their loss to the Chiefs, the Raiders wont win the AFC West, however a shot at a wildcard slot is still in the picture if they can regroup down the stretch. (Le'Andre Fox/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Continue to Struggle, Lose to Chiefs 40-9 - VIDEO
With AFC West supremacy on the line the Raiders took a huge loss to Patrick Mahomes as the Kansas City Chiefs losing 40-9. Turnovers and Penalties were a big factor as quarterback Derek Carr was unable to shake his demons in the cold.
Raiders say they have to learn from their mistakes after Chiefs loss - VIDEO
The Raiders fell to the Chiefs, 40-9, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Following the loss, players said they have to learn from their mistakes, but are proud that the team kept fighting until the end. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Vegas Nation Raiders-Chiefs preview - Video
The Raiders finish their 2-game road trip facing their AFC West rival, the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium. Vegas Nation's Myles Simmons and Vinny Bonsignore preview the game, explain what the Raiders need to do to win and what it means for the team's playoff hopes. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Have To Limit Explosive Plays With AFC West Supremacy On The Line - VIDEO
If the Raiders hope to take first place in the AFC West Standings this Sunday, they'll have to limit the big plays from a very explosive Chiefs offense led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (Le'Andre Fox/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
LaMarcus Joyner Active, Trent Brown Questionable for Sunday - VIDEO
Raiders defensive back LaMarcus Joyner will be active on Sunday after missing a few games due to a groin injury however offensive tackle Trent Brown will be listed as questionable.
Raiders Hope Gafford and Jones Can Fill In For Renfrow - VIDEO
The Raiders promoted wide receiver Rico Gafford from the practice squad this week to help fill in the role vacated by the injured Hunter Renfrow. Defensively, they're hoping to limit big plays from an explosive Chiefs offense. (Le'Andre Fox/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Cold Weather Practice Aids In Preparation for Raiders - VIDEO
The Raiders have a huge test in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead stadium where it is sure to be a cold game. Quarterback Derek Carr went sleeveless at practice despite the cold temperature.
Raiders look to rebound against the Chiefs | Vegas Nation Red Zone
The Raiders saw a 3-game win streak snapped by the New York Jets and will go into face division rival Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. Review-Journal sports columnist Ed Graney and Vegas Nation podcast host Heidi Fang break down what the Raiders can do to rebound into the win column.
Raiders Can Break a Streak and Earn Division Supremacy Sunday - VIDEO
The Raiders have not won at Arrowhead stadium since 2012. This Sunday they're looking to bring home a win and supremacy in the AFC West standings.
Raiders Prepare for Chiefs After Tough Jets Loss - VIDEO
After suffering a blowout loss against the Jets, the Raiders look towards a rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs who are coming off a bye week. Chiefs coach Andy Reid is 17-3 following a bye.
Raiders, UNLV in Dispute Over Football Schedule - Video
UNLV might have to send out invitations to its former football players for another Sam Boyd Stadium send-off again next season. The Rebels were expected to move into Allegiant Stadium full time next season, but a dispute with the Raiders might force UNLV’s games against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 5 and Arizona State on Sept. 12 to be played at Sam Boyd.
Allegiant Stadium Cable Netting Finish Date Pushed Back - Video
The completion date of the cable netting that will support Allegiant Stadium's roof has been pushed back for a second time. COO Don Webb says that the cable netting is not on the "critical path," so a hard-set completion date is not necessary.
Tailgating Won’t Be Problem at Allegiant Stadium - Video
Raiders fans will not need to worry about places to tailgate, as plans are in motion to provide as many places as possible for fans to enjoy pre-game festivities.
Allegiant Stadium Will Be Home to Largest 3D Printed Structure in the World - Video
Allegiant Stadium will not only be home to the future Las Vegas Raiders, but it will also be home to the largest 3D printed structure in the world. The 85-foot tall Al Davis Memorial Torch is currently being printed in Kansas and will be made out of carbon fiber and aluminum.
Hunter Renfrow Suffered Rib Injury In Loss To Jets - VIDEO
Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow suffered an injury to his ribs in the teams loss to the Jets. Keelan Doss and Derek Carrier are among the options to replace Renfrow as the team prepares for the Kansas City Chiefs. (Le'Andre Fox/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Winning Streak Snapped After Losing to the Jets 34-3 - VIDEO
After winning three straight at home, the Raiders traveled to take on the New York Jets where they were humbled 34-3.
Raiders say they will bounce back from loss to Jets - Video
Raiders' players say they will bounce back from their loss to Jets when they head in to face division rival Kansas City Chiefs next week. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Disappointed After Blowout Loss To The Jets - VIDEO
The Raiders lost 34-3 to the New York Jets on Sunday snapping a 3 game winning streak and bringing their record to 6-5. (Le'Andre Fox/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Fall Flat Against Jets, 34-3 - Video
The Raiders were unable to score a touchdown against the Jets on Sunday afternoon, falling 34-3 in New York. The Raiders are now 6-5 on the season.
Personal seat licenses for Raiders almost sold out - VIDEO
Personal seat license sales (PSL) for the $2 billion 65,000 fan-capacity domed Allegiant Stadium are about 96 percent sold, with the sales process expected to wrap up by Thanksgiving. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Spend $28 Million on new parking areas - VIDEO
The Raiders have spent $28 million on new parking locations on Valley View Boulevard between Reno and Tropicana avenues. (James Schaeffer/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders need to slow ‘Mr. December’ Derrick Henry

In 14 December games, Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has carried 225 times for 1,176 yards and 14 touchdowns. He ran for 149 yards last week at Indianapolis.