McFadden and teammate Michael Bush were able to find the holes and burn up some yards.
It should be noted that rookie OT Jared Veldheer was a key factor in making blocks up front for McFadden. Veldheer is an absolute Samson. His play against the Denver defense is a tribute to that strength.
Last season McFadden spent a great deal of time on the sidelines with injury. Many Oakland Raider fans felt that he may turn out to be a bust. He showed some spurts last season, and his attack on would-be tacklers was a plus for McFadden. McFadden is certainly a tough runner. The only issue, however, is can he stay healthy?
I would have to guess that for McFadden to be recognized as an elite RB like Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson and even Frank Gore, he would have to remain consistent. The players I mentioned have been there for the team when their teams needed them.
The same stature is needed for McFadden. This time the Oakland Raiders really need a great RB to help open the passing game, as we all witnessed when the Raiders smashed the Denver Broncos.
In fact, it was the legs of McFadden that made QB Jason Campbell look good. There are a lot of fans wondering how Campbell was able to perform a lot better than his usual. Answer: Darren McFadden. If we go back to the time machine, remember it was Bo Jackson that made QB Jay Schroeder look good.
So don't be fooled by Campbell. McFadden is definitely the real deal, and with the O-line playing at the level it's at now, the Raiders can in fact win seven or eight games and get a shot at the AFC West. With QB Bruce Gradkowski back, then I would have to say they can win nine.
Bruce is just magic on the field, and with a healthy McFadden/Bush on the field, it should be a great season for the trio. I would be really great to see McFadden get 1,000 yards with over 27 TDs by season's end.
Next week pressure will be on the Oakland Raider receivers. Only TE Zach Miller has great hands. Oakland Raider receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford need to really step it up a notch—heck, two notches!
The Oakland Raiders receivers drop too many balls. The problem at first seemed to be the QB Jason Campbell, and last week he was absolutely horrible. This past week he had ample time and threw well.
The fact remains that they are struggling in the red zone and will need TDs when they play the Seattle Seahawks next week. Louis Murphy has been the primary receiver and when thrown to correctly will catch the ball. He is a favorite for Gradkowski, so he should have good numbers next week.
The combination of Darren McFadden and Bruce Gradkowski on the field Sunday should prove to be a win for the Silver and Black.
Defensively, the Raiders look great! Expect back-to-back wins this Sunday!