Bess Shapiro

Raiders Can Be Better Within AFC West

Created on Jul. 11, 2013 11:07 PM EST

Oakland Needs to Ramp Up Rushing Game

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.