The Oakland Raiders may be 31st in the league in rushing at 62.3 yards per game, but they have one of the deadliest threats on the ground in Darren McFadden.
“They have probably one of the most explosive backs in the league in McFadden,” John Fox said.
McFadden went off on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense in the Raiders first win of the season with 113 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.
“I’ve said for the past couple years,” Champ Bailey said. “I think he’s the best back in the game because of what he can do, all the different things. He picks up blitzes, he does it all. If they’re not using him enough then they’re hurting themselves. That guy’s an amazing player, and we’re aware of what he can do.”
McFadden has crushed the Broncos these past two years. In fact, the only time the Broncos won was when McFadden didn’t play last November due to a sprained foot. In the past three games versus the Broncos that McFadden has played, he ran for 150 yards, 119 yards, and 165 yards (7.48 yards per carry) and four touchdowns, and the Broncos lost by an average of 21.3 points.
The Raiders employ a similar running style that the Houston Texans use so there will be some carry over from last week as far as defensive philosophy.
McFadden must be feeling like a shark in bloody waters. The Broncos, however, will be trying to reel him in.