Raiders RB Josh Jacobs against Jaguars
Dec 15, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders will take on the Denver Broncos Sunday without star rookie running back Josh Jacobs, who was officially downgraded to out for the must-win game.

Oakland is somehow still alive for the playoffs heading into Week 17. They have to win and get a ton of help to claim the final wild-card spot.

The rookie first-round pick out of Alabama has totaled 1,316 yards and seven touchdowns from scrimmage and has been the engine that drives Oakland’s offense. Without Jacobs in the backfield, the Raiders will have to get creative to make up for his absence.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.