Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs prepares for Chiefs after career game

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Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is reaching new heights in a critical contract year.

The Pro Bowler turned in a career performance in his team’s win over the Denver Broncos last Sunday, after rushing for 144 yards and two touchdowns.

This new gear for Jacobs started off with great optimism in the offseason as he witnessed a much-overhauled Raiders squad.

In a interview with Amber Theoharisco-host of “The Silver and Black Show,” Jacobs said he saw the revisions and thought, “If not now, then when?”

“For me, when I got into this offseason, I lost weight,” Jacobs said. “I walked in and said to everyone, ‘I feel like this is the year.’ … Man, we have a special group of guys. We came in collectively. When we first came in, I spoke with the offensive line about what we wanted to accomplish this year and what we wanted to achieve. So many of the guys, we just have a similar mindset I feel like my job as a running back is to set the tone, and that’s all I’m trying to do day after day.

As part of Jacobs’ dominance so far this season, the star running back ranks third in the league in yards after contact.

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“I definitely need that first hit,” Jacobs said. “Because if I run and I go out of bounds or something, I always feel a little bit behind. I really need that first shot, but really, for me, it’s like once that I hear the other side like hype or they talk a little bit, that’s kind of what keeps me going. I’m like, ‘Okay, it’s time.’ “

Now Jacobs is preparing for one of the toughest defenses he will face this season when he and Las Vegas take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.

Kansas City currently leads the league in run defense.

“You look at their facade, their facade is legit,” Jacobs said. “From the defensive line to the linebackers, they play the gaps really well. They’re good with their hands, they’re physical and they bring it. So it’s going to be a fun game. I mean when you see the Chiefs, for me , it’s always the one I circle on my calendar just because I know it’s always going to be a big one every time.”

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