McFadden Finally Lets Loose While Oakland Tops St.Louis

Keff Ciardello@@bobcatkeffCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2010


The Raiders beat the Rams, 16 to 14, thanks in part to Darren McFadden's 145 yards rushing.

Before the season started, everybody was quick to call the number four overall pick from 2008, Darren McFadden, a bust. He was simply an afterthought when spoken of running backs, even in the Oakland camp.

Michael Bush, who has not played a down in 2010, was considered to be the top back in Oakland, with McFadden being a nice edition as a back-up. But injury, again, sidelined Bush, which gave McFadden his chance to start again.

In seasons past, McFadden started and, at times, showed potential that made him the highly touted back he is. However, injuries have impeded the progress of his career.

Now, with a fresh start and fresh legs, McFadden has scored half of Oakland’s touchdown ands has gained 240 yards in two games, including the 145 yards against the Rams.

Jason Campbell is not the answer at quarterback but, as his resume shows, Bruce Gradkowski may be. With Gradkowski at the helm and a revamped, highly tuned athletic machine at running back, this Raider offense could show some promise to compliment their defense.

With Chris Johnson and Adrian Peterson dominating the running back game, it's obvious an athletic, work-horse of a running back is needed to dominate in the NFL. McFadden could be that type of back for the Raiders (if he stays healthy) and Bush could be a great (if he stays healthy), back-up back that can power through the line on third down.

With Zack Miller being as good as he is, Darrius Heyward-Bey playing arguably his best game with six catches and 80 yards, Louis Murphy snagging another touchdown grab along with nine catches and 91 yards and Chaz Shillens finally returning (I hear he's good but don't really know) the receiving crew will look alright for whoever plays quarterback next game (Come on, Bruce.)

Chin up Raider nation. We're .500  at 1-1and getting better each game.