FBG says: Neutral matchup. Josh Jacobs has been one of the top stand-out rookie running backs this season, serving as a focal point of this Raiders rushing offense. Jacobs has been productive on the ground all season long, averaging at least 4.3 yards per rush attempt in all but two games, including 10 of his last 11 games. He has also cleared the 100-yard mark in five of his last eight outings, including last week where he rushed for 104 yards on 17 attempts. Jacobs has minimal competition for touches in this backfield and is seeing consistent volume with at least 15 carries in eight of his last nine games, including four games with over 20 carries during that span. While touchdowns have come sporadically for Jacobs due to the inconsistency of this offense, he is more than productive enough with his touches to serve as a viable RB1 in this offense. His offensive line is also helping tremendously, as they are playing as a top-notch run-blocking unit with an A+ grade, ranking them well within the top-10 according to Matt Bitonti of Footballguys.
The Titans had been stingy against the run for most of the season, but they have faltered in recent weeks as this group has dealt with injuries and overall poor play which has led to some productive outings for opposing running backs. Since Week 9, this defense has given up the fourth-most fantasy points per game (non-PPR) to running backs. Prior to Week 9, they had limited running backs to the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game. The defensive line for Tennessee is strong, led by Jurrell Casey and Daquan Jones as their top run-stoppers. Both have played very well this season, while rookie Jeffrey Simmons also continues to get better as this unit should pose a stiff challenge for the top-tier Raiders offensive line. The Titans linebackers have been decent against the run, but Jayon Brown has struggled with injuries since Week 6 and has yet to appear 100% healthy since then. All-Pro safety Kevin Byard is a stalwart run-defending safety though, playing as one of the best in the league as he offers great support over the top. Josh Jacobs should be in store for a decent challenge in this one.