Raiders: 3 players who led the team to victory in Week 16

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 10: DeAndre Washington #33 of the Oakland Raiders rushes for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during their NFL preseason game at RingCentral Coliseum on August 10, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images) /

3. DeAndre Washington, RB

With rookie running back Josh Jacobs still nursing a shoulder injury, someone was going to have to attempt to replace the production the Raiders have received from the front-runner for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Fourth-year back DeAndre Washington got the starting nod and did not disappoint.

Making just his fourth career start — second this season — Washington ran with a purpose, finishing with 85 yards and one score on 23 carries, while also contributing in the passing game with two receptions for 21 yards.

Washington also picked up a key first down on third and long late in the fourth quarter to seal the Raider victory.

With Jacobs still questionable for the season finale against the Denver Broncos, Washington’s success can put head coach Jon Gruden and offensive coordinator Greg Olson at ease knowing they have a capable replacement in their stable of backs.