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Raiders Can Be Better Within AFC West

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Darren McFadden of the Oakland Raiders is coming off a 2012 season in which he averaged a career-low 3.3 yards per carry. Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images
Darren McFadden of the Oakland Raiders is coming off a 2012 season in which he averaged a career-low 3.3 yards per carry. Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images

Average at least four yards per carry. Darren McFadden was Oakland’s leading rusher last year, but he managed only 89 total rushing yards in both games against San Diego and 86 against the Broncos. DMC, who hasn’t been healthy, averaged only 3.3 yards per carry for the season. He had only three 100-yard rushing games, and two of those were against Oakland’s weakest division rival -- Kansas City. McFadden will have an advantage this season as the new offensive scheme will allow him to run north-south, but he can’t carry the load alone. Rashad Jennings should pull his weight, backed by the blocking of Marcel Reece in third-and-short situations.