Without superstar running back Darren McFadden in the lineup, the Raiders offensive line has been exposed. They've done a great job of pass blocking but they can't run the ball very well with this current lineup.
Michael Bush came up just short of 1,000 yards this season while averaging under four yards a carry. That's below average and Bush clearly isn't a below average running back, so the problem isn't him.
Bush had 157 yards against these same Chargers last time they played and this time, they're starting outside linebacker was ejected. The Chargers were worse but the Raiders were much worse because of who they chose to start on the offensive line.
Second-year left tackle Jared Veldheer and left guard Stefen Wisniewsk were solid but Wisniewski was misplaced. In the first matchup between the two teams, Wisniewski played center and Stephon Heyer played left guard while Satele was injured.
Holes were wide open and the Raiders ran the ball up-and-down the field with ease. Today, Samson Satele was back at center and Bush went from 5.23 yards-per-carry in the first game, to 3.5 in today's game.
Don't wonder why.
Satele, Cooper Carlisle, and Khalif Barnes don't need to be retained.
The Raiders need bullies.