What has really bothered me is how McFadden has taken a pounding in preseason and in the first two games. Why run him between the tackles so consistently, where he has taken some solid hits. His style of play is not a battering ram.
So was it really worth it for McFadden to destroy the hapless Chiefs so badly? Well, someone had to score other than Jano. Glad we had a guy with big-play ability. But there's a price tag with those stats.
Now McFadden has turf toe and a lingering shoulder stinger from the Denver game. His total career thus far is just two NFL games. McFadden is the team's biggest weapon and the best hope for a successful Raiders season.
But this is the life of the career NFL running back, and young McFadden has already started a life of lingering injuries. Turf toe and stingers tend to stay with you. I hope the severity isn't bad, but as any former player can tell you, the game ends but not the pain.
Jerry McDonald called this out in one of his blogs, but honestly, I was wondering the same exact thing with the Fargas injury. Why was Fargas running a deep route when he hobbled up?
Don't be fooled by McFadden thrashing a seriously woeful Chief squad. There were still NFL players out there in red and gold, so we will give KC the respect that is due, but the reality is, this proved the Chiefs are in much worse shape than the Raiders in every which way.
Bottom line is, the Raiders should have won that game and needed to win that game. They did win it, so we're on to Week Three.
I will eat some crow since the Raiders O-line is really working well as a team. I have to admit, I have yet to find fault in Robert Gallery's play thus far.
Bummer about McQuistan. He's a good kid that works hard. I hope he is able to come back from his injury.