Raiders vs. Broncos Monday Night: Can Darren McFadden Trounce Denver?

Cian Fahey@CianafFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 26:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs against Fili Moala #95 of the Indianapolis Colts during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December  26, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders enter tonight's matchup with the Denver Broncos looking to ride Darren McFadden to another sweep of the AFC West.

McFadden remains the team's best offensive weapon and shouldn't be any less prominent in the team's offense after the departure of Tom Cable. The Raiders' new head coach, Hue Jackson, was the offensive coordinator of the team last year when McFadden rushed for over 1,150 yards and tallied another 507 in passing yards in only 13 games.

At 23 years of age, McFadden broke out last year. Now, as he enters his fourth season, he will be looking to further beef up his reputation and prove that he can be a star out of the backfield for the full 16-game season.

He should be able to make a big splash from the offset, as the Raiders figure to feed him the ball a lot in Denver Monday night.

Not surprisingly, the Washington Post is reporting that the Broncos are expecting plenty of screens and draws Monday night. This will allow McFadden to use his speed and elusiveness to break off big runs and be a huge percentage of the team's offensive touches.

With Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller on the edges of the defense, the Raiders will want to establish the running game to slow down the pass rush. However, they may also be able to get a lot of success out of running the ball simply to take advantage of the Broncos defense.

Neither Miller nor Dumervil are very big for defensive ends. Both players are probably best suited to play linebacker in a 3-4 in order to avoid the bigger bodies inside. Couple this with the fact that Broderick Bunkley was deemed expendable from the Philadelphia Eagles, who are not strong at stopping the run, and the defensive line can be mauled over.

The front seven is also missing two vital cogs who could have been big in preventing McFadden from having a big day. Former New England Patriot stud Ty Warren is injured for the long term while starting linebacker D.J. Williams is also expected to miss the game.

Robert Gallery may be gone, but the Raiders' offensive line, along with new addition Kevin Boss at tight end, should be able to get the better of the Broncos' front seven in the running game, which will allow Darren McFadden to have another huge game in his young career.