I have listened to Raiders head coach Hue Jackson say that he would build a bully in Raider Nation. Over the first few games, many in Raider Nation believed that the bully was already built because the Raiders led the league in rushing.
I told everyone that would listen that much of that was the individual effort of Darren McFadden. He was among the league leaders in carries even when the running game was getting stuffed.
McFadden made up for it by taking it to the house when the offensive line did open a hole. He also helped the offensive line by making guys miss, breaking tackles, then taking off for a long touchdown run.
It's long runs like that which make up for the stuffs and brought the Raiders' yards-per-carry average back up. As a whole on offense, the Raiders have been horrible all year but made of for it with a league-leading 67 plays of 20 yards or more.
The Raiders had five such plays today but all of the early three and outs, a stat the Raiders offense also leads the league in, made them too little, too late. A bully on offense can make a long, methodical drive and not just depend on a big play.
The Raiders aren't very good at protecting the quarterback either, as good pass-rushing teams always get there in them.
The Raiders' offensive line was exposed today by a physical defensive front.