The Raiders defense will be a much better unit as they start to get everyone back healthy. When he comes back, Chris Johnson will not get abused the way he was before a hamstring injury took him out of action.
To be honest, that hamstring pull may have been the best thing to happen to him so he can rest his groin. He had surgery on that groin at around the mid-point of camp and tried to play on it before he was ready.
This was big because he was in the top five among corners in burn percentage last year. Then you have Mike Mitchell, who covers the tight end better than any Raider on the 2010 roster.
He played in his first game of the season last Sunday and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was shut down. I also believe his tackling will be a huge addition to the Raiders secondary that has whiffed all year.
Second team All-Pro free safety Michael Huff is what he is because he can cover the slot in addition to blitzing and patrolling the back end of the secondary—you saw what Wes Welker did to Joe Porter last Sunday. He passed his concussion test last week but still didn't play, but I'm expecting him to be good to go this Sunday.
Matt Shaughnessy is another important defensive player who should be coming back from his shoulder injury soon. The Raiders pass rush wasn't quite there last Sunday, and Shaughnessy is a big part of why.
I thought that Jarvis Moss did okay in his stead, but he isn't as good as Shaughnessy against the run. Shaughnessy's presence also keeps Moss fresh to rush the passer when he does come in.
I was perplexed by the fact the Darren McFadden had only 14 carries in the Patriots game. I questioned Jackson but shouldn't have as I later found out that McFadden went out of the game to get something checked.
He went back in the game, but he was probably decoy because he wasn't quite right. Having him and fullback/weapon Marcel Reece will be big as they will make plays in the passing and running game.
Don't forget about clutch home run hitter Louis Murphy coming back some time soon!