One of the most important keys to the Oakland Raiders' offensive resurgence against the San Diego Chargers last week was the running game. After four dreadful performances on the ground to open the season, the Raiders finally kicked the rushing attack into gear. The success of the run allowed the Raiders opportunities to push the ball down the field and prevent San Diego from getting comfortable on defense.
After four games to begin the season, Oakland only combined to rush for 246 yards. Last Sunday, the Raiders put together 114 yards and averaged 5.7 yards per carry. Running back Darren McFadden looked healthy, strong, and fast; carrying 14 times for 80 yards. Maurice Jones-Drew chipped in with four carries for 30 yards. McFadden had burst and finished runs with power.
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“Having a healthy Darren McFadden will be key to us being able to move forward and hopefully be able to continue to move the football on a consistent basis,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “When Darren is healthy, he can run and he is fast. We have to do what we can to keep him healthy and keep him going.”