The Miami Dolphins will be flying to Oakland, CA to match-up against the legendary Silver and Black. The Oakland Raiders are going to have to look sharp as they are in the hunt for playoff contention. The Oakland Raiders now are 5-5 after a horrible loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.
The Oakland Raiders tried to establish a running attack against the Steelers, but was basically shutdown. It seems that, had the Oakland Raiders run Darren McFadden or Marcel Reece out of the back field more or even just solid pounding from RB Michael Bush, then the Raiders would win.
It's only a matter of time before either RB finds the hole and runs for the TD or close to it. It also runs the clock and opens up the passing game.
Darren McFadden should get the ball handed to him at least 20 times a game. He is the star RB for the Silver and Black and has done an outstanding job thus far. As mentioned before, he was shutdown last week, but should be able to bounce back in the showdown against the Miami Dolphins.
McFadden is an exciting player to watch, particularly at the end of his runs, when opponents attempt the tackle McFadden. McFadden punishes those who try to stop him and it's fun to watch unless you are the one receiving the hit.
Michael Bush is used a lot less, but in all fairness he has great hands and will wear down defenses provided he is handed the ball. Michael Bush is healthy and we should all remember how well he played when RB Justin Fargas was injured.
Michael Bush is the second part of this duo. He has been underestimated yet he is a hard, pounding runner that, when on a roll, usually it takes two linemen to take him down or even slow him down. Once Bush is on the move he is a tough one to stop, so let's hope that the Oakland Raiders use these guys more.
In the last game against the Steelers, Michael Bush had the ball handed to him only four times for a total of 33 yards averaging 8.3 per carry. He also caught two passes for 18 yards—you can guess the average there.
So imagine handing the ball to Michael Bush at least 15 to 20 times a game. Both Michael Bush and Darren McFadden would be punishing and we should (hopefully) see this kind of action this weekend.
With the Oakland Raiders defense playing tough football every game, the Oakland Raiders have a legitimate shot at the win. First of all, they are at home where they are 3-5 and have the Raider Nation rattling the halls of the Oakland Coliseum.
Second is the great news about the return of CB Nnamndi Asomugha. Asomugha's absence is felt throughout the team because he literally shuts down receivers. CB Chris Johnson had tried to cover while Asomugha was out with an ankle injury. The difference in coverage was huge as CB Chris Johnson was burned time after time.
That being said, it will be a welcome to see Asomugha back in uniform and doing what he does best. His return and the utilization of two strong running backs should be the chemistry the Raiders need for this week's win.
The Oakland Raiders can not afford to lose anymore more games as the Chiefs are slowly taking the AFC West. The Chiefs? Who would have thought at season's start it would be the Oakland raiders and the KC Chiefs leading the division?
The Oakland Raiders are an improved team. They defeated the Chiefs 23- 20 when rookie receiver Jacoby Ford stepped up his play and caught the vertical ball to get the team into overtime and then the winning catch for the final point and win.
However, focus is on the Miami Dolphins this week and releasing McFadden and Michael Bush on the defensive front will help this team.. Darren McFadden and Michael Bush should tire out the Miami Dolphins front line.
On a final note, the QB situation. I believe the philosophy this year is whichever can win the game. The Oakland Raiders have two decent QBs, but are in dire need of a champion QB. There has been no consistency offensively. In order to win, the offense must give the defense time to rest.Three and out has to stop for the Oakland Raiders or they can watch the season slip from their grasp.
If the Raiders want the title, then one of the two quarterbacks needs to just take over and win some football games by throwing some TDs in the red zone. Which Oakland Raiders quarterback will step up at season's end?
Quite frankly, enough is enough with the QB satire.Bruce Gradkowski or Jason Campbell, one of you has to take this team by the horns and make a run for the AFC West title. Go Raiders!!!