Last season was Darren McFadden's coming out party. After a couple of subpar seasons to begin his NFL career, some were already labeling him a bust.
They were calling him the next Reggie Bush, and saying he is nothing more than a speed back that can't run between the tackles. In 2010, he busted out for over 1,600 yards from scrimmage and scored 10 touchdowns.
Last season, he gashed the Broncos for 165 yards and three touchdowns in just two-and-a-half quarters of play. On Monday Night Football he picked up where he left off.
He had 22 carries for 150 yards, and had a 47-yard run which I still don't understand how it wasn't a touchdown. His entire upper half of his body was in the end zone. I don't get it.
What I liked seeing out of him the most was his attacking style of running. He was punishing defenders on nearly every play. He gave Denver's Rahim Moore a good hit that kept the rookie safety down-and-out on the turf for a few minutes. And he and Brian Dawkins went at it, as they had a couple of big collisions. I think Dawkins will feel the pain more tomorrow though.
Needless to say, Darren McFadden is off to a great start in 2011, and he is on pace to rush for 2,400 yards right now. Obviously he isn't going to rush for that many yards, but don't be shocked if he leads the NFL in rushing this year. I think he will have over 2,000 yards from scrimmage and score 15 touchdowns this season.
Go Raiders! Run DMC!