Last season Jonathan Taylor stole the NFL rushing crown from Derrick Henry, who had owned it for two straight years.
This season, Josh Jacobs is threatening to make the crown his own.
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A bright light in a generally dismal campaign thus far for the Las Vegas Raiders, Jacobs erupted for career-high 229 yards on 33 carries and zoomed up the middle for an 86-yard overtime touchdown in Sunday’s 40-34 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Jacobs added six catches for 74 yards, giving him 303 scrimmage yards on the day, but it was his work along the ground that lifted him to a level of distinction in his primary job.
With 1,159 yards through 11 games, the 24-year-old out of Alabama moved into the NFL rushing lead.
Henry and Nick Chubb are the only two other backs to surpass the 1,000-yard mark to date.
On Sunday, Henry had just 38 yards on 17 carries as his Tennessee Titans lost 20-16 to the Cincinnati Bengals, while Chubb got back on track (after rushing games of 16 and 48 yards) with 116 yards on 26 carries as the Cleveland Browns upset the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-17.
Next on the rushing leaderboard are the New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley (992 yards) and the Philadelphia Eagles (900 yards).
Jacobs already has nine more rushing yards than he had as a rookie, which was the best of his four seasons.
He is now the favourite on FanDuel to win the rushing title at +200.
Following Jacobs is Henry (+260), Chubb (+310), Barkley (+500) and Sanders (+1400).