The plans of building the offense around the running game haven’t yet come to fruition, although the overall numbers are fairly good. That’s due primarily to quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his whopping 7.1 yards-per-carry average.
Darren McFadden has been mostly a disappointment again. He had a nice game against low Jacksonville in Week 2 and put together a two-touchdown effort in the win over Pittsburgh but has otherwise been kept in check.
It clearly hasn’t been all McFadden’s fault. The injury situation along the offensive line has had a rippling effect on the entire offense. Opponents are also gearing up more to contain the former first-round pick.
Still, after seven games McFadden’s 3.7-yard average is astonishingly low for a lead back.
Backup Rashad Jennings has had a few nice plays offensively, most of them as a receiver. He’s also played well on special teams.
Fullback Marcel Reece, however, has been mostly lost in the shuffle. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson made more of a concerted effort to get Reece the ball against Pittsburgh but he should have been doing that from the beginning.
Take away Pryor’s rushing totals and you’d have one of the least-productive ground games in the entire NFL.