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DMAC vs. MJD

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, September 13th, 2013 at 6:10 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders and Jaguars will be looking to get their lead running backs on track Sunday, with Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew both looking for a big day.

McFadden, coming off a season where he averaged 3.3 yards per carry and played sparingly in the preseason, had 48 yards on 17 carries against Indianapolis. Jones-Drew had 45 yards on 15 carries, not exactly what he had in mind after missing much of the 2012 season after an injury in Oakland against the Raiders.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen, who has been fielding questions about McFadden’s production since camp began, wasn’t about to express concern after one game.

“There’s going to be times when we turn around and hand the ball to Darren and give him an opportunity that he knows he’s running the football,” Allen said. “Darren’s going to be fine, guys. Everybody’s got a lot of concern about that, but Darren’s going to be fine.”

McFadden, when speaking to reporters Friday, expressed no concern and thinks Terrelle Pryor’s running ability will only open things up in terms of the running game.

Jones-Drew, who played locally at De La Salle High School, has 146 yards and a 3.6 yards per carry average in West Coast games against the Raiders, Seahawks, Chargers and 49ers.

Asked how he would approach things differently in his home area on a conference call with Bay Area reporters, Jones-Drew said, “I’m not talking to anyone in my family until after the game, how about that?”

McFadden can probably relate to Jones-Drew’s first-game struggles in that the Jaguars have switched to a zone blocking scheme this season. McFadden has struggled mightily in that scheme _ which was de-emphasizes this season for power-gap blocking. Seahawks coach Gus
Bradley acknowledged Jones-Drew is still getting adjusted, but also said the running back had excelled with a zone scheme at UCLA.

Like McFadden last season, Jones-Drew is embracing the scheme change publicly.

“Both schemes are fine,” Jones-Drew said by conference call. “You just have to get comfortable with it. It was a little different for me doing it last week and I have to stay patient. We’ve made corrections and harped on ‘em in practice and I feel confident in our ability to run the ball.”

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  • Marks hair

    yes…. fumble

  • Yummy Yum Yum

    Giants must win today.

    KC loses, SD loses, Denver loses and we win, we are tied for first place. That’s what I’m talkin about.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Quick quiz-

    When was the last time the Raiders won a prime time game? (excluding the Thursday night game in 2011 when The Raiders beat the chargers.

    Don’t cheat!

  • Yummy Yum Yum

    Yes we should be tied for the division lead after today.

  • fingers

    Lol.. Fumble chokers

  • Yummy Yum Yum

    Cry me a Rivers. Yes

  • alex7

    Raiders beat the Broncos in an ugly Monday night season opener 2 years ago. Remember them force-feeding Ford to no avail, and Kyle Orton would hit the bench 3 weeks later.

  • 24

    Eagles must have demoralized the Redskins last week. Now they’ve lost confidence.

  • 24

    My fantasy team is killing me.

  • willy91137

    Redskins don’t look very good this year makes me happy I hate rat face we might be able to beat them here at home

    Heyward Bay looks just like he did when he played for us ball bounces off his chest

    and another receiver catches it how lucky can get

  • 24

    Is this a do or die year for Sam Bradford?

  • fingers

    When Bradford first came up i thought he was gonna be pretty good…. Hasnt lived up to the billing yet…

  • alex7

    Should be, 24. Bradford’s excuse was his numerous offensive coordinators and lack of weapons. He has some decent WRs now, nothing special but at least decent, and the same OC 2 years in a row.

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    alex7 Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 11:22 am
    Raiders beat the Broncos in an ugly Monday night season opener 2 years ago. Remember them force-feeding Ford to no avail, and Kyle Orton would hit the bench 3 weeks later.
    ————————
    I forgot about that game, well done.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Shanahan’s team looks like shi1t.
    DeAngelo Hall on the sidelines explaining to Shanahan what to do LOL.

  • alex7

    Wave of The Future QB Update:

    RGIII, Newton, and EJ Manuel: 3 points COMBINED.

    The, ummm, Other Guys:

    Matt Ryan, 24 points, lead.
    Rodgers, 24 points, lead.
    Cutler, Luck, Brady, Schaub, Stafford: 6-0 w/l record.

  • Raiders for life

    I work with a loudmouth skins fan, he was talking them up all offseason. If we win today I am going to rip him a new one tomorrow. That’s if he doesn’t call in sick.

  • alex7

    Raideraholic

    unfortunately the prime-time game I remember most is the beat down a roided-up Shawn Merriman gave to Robert Gallery and the Raiders on a MNF opening-week game.

  • Raidersfan727

    the colts look like crap

  • http://www.safc.com/the-club/stadium/about-the-stadium-of-light neilb

    Bears game on over here – not to bad.Rain not helping.

  • Raiders for life

    Malcom Floyd getting carted off. Hate to see that.

  • Marks hair

    Malcom Floyd got hurt

  • Whoknows

    Raiders For Life Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 11:44 am
    Malcom Floyd getting carted off. Hate to see that.
    ****************************
    As someone who broke their neck, I can literally feel his pain. Hope it’s not that serious.

  • 24

    How did Floyd get hurt?

  • Raidersfan727

    hope Malcolm Floyd is ok.

    On a brighter note, cowboys looking solid vs KC

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    24 Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 11:24 am
    Eagles must have demoralized the Redskins last week. Now they’ve lost confidence.

    ===

    Actually if you watch the GB defense, they are taking away the read-option and other QB runs. They are forcing RGIII to be a pocket passer and he’s been hit and miss in his pocket accuracy.

    This is the same GB defense that got torched by Kaep running last season. If they can shutdown the best running QB then you know all the other Ds can do the same. The gimmick read-option is a dead man walking offense, as predicted.

  • http://www.safc.com/the-club/stadium/about-the-stadium-of-light neilb

    2nd half starting…

  • Whoknows

    24 Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 11:48 am
    How did Floyd get hurt?
    ******************
    Eagle sandwich

  • Whoknows

    Actually if you watch the GB defense, they are taking away the read-option and other QB runs. They are forcing RGIII to be a pocket passer and he’s been hit and miss in his pocket accuracy.

    This is the same GB defense that got torched by Kaep running last season. If they can shutdown the best running QB then you know all the other Ds can do the same. The gimmick read-option is a dead man walking offense, as predicted.
    *************************
    Yawn

  • alex7

    Who Needs A Running Game? part 1:

    Falcons have 4 yards rushing en route to a 24-3 lead.

    part 2: Bills have 76 yards rushing heading into the 3rd quarter…and 3 points.

  • Whoknows

    Alex7 Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 11:52 am
    Who Needs A Running Game? part 1:

    Falcons have 4 yards rushing en route to a 24-3 lead.

    part 2: Bills have 76 yards rushing heading into the 3rd quarter…and 3 points.
    ******************************
    You’re right. We should cut all RBs immediately.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    neilb Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 11:49 am
    2nd half starting…

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Neil, Game Pass is really worth it.

  • CODEBLACK2011
  • alex7

    whoknows

    I hope that wasn’t your honest attempt at interpreting stats. If it was, I’ll simplify it for you:

    Great QB is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more important than great RB.

    Adrian Peterson will be 0-2 after today. Falcons and GB no-name RBs will be 2-0.

  • alex7

    For years now, I’ve stated that this has become a passing league and the Raiders won’t win until they have a star QB that can PASS. This opens up the run game for even non-star RBs to succeed in (Patriots last 5 years).

    Raiders will win if Pryor can PASS the ball well, especially in the red zone tight windows.

    All the running around or Oakland’s run game is secondary.

  • Whoknows

    What if you have a good running game and a good passing game? Does that beat a great qb with crappy rb or vice versa?

  • No Mas Diamante

    Teddy Roosevelt QB’s showing the “new wave” how it’s done so far today… lol

  • http://www.safc.com/the-club/stadium/about-the-stadium-of-light neilb

    ENGLANDRAIDER Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 11:55 am
    neilb Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 11:49 am
    2nd half starting…

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Neil, Game Pass is really worth it.

    ====================================================

    Not with the shifts I work.Some Sundays I don’t get to watch any live football.

  • Whoknows

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    Teddy Roosevelt QB’s showing the “new wave” how it’s done so far today… lol
    ******************
    Let’s just hope you aren’t still lol-ing after our game.

  • No Mas Diamante

    hope so too Whoknows. Good thing the skins have cousins. RG3 does not look right

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Alex7 Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
    whoknows

    I hope that wasn’t your honest attempt at interpreting stats. If it was, I’ll simplify it for you:

    Great QB is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more important than great RB.

    Adrian Peterson will be 0-2 after today. Falcons and GB no-name RBs will be 2-0.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Facts:
    - Peterson took his team to the POs last season despite the fact that Pounder had ZERO completions over 20 yards.
    - GB drafted Lacey (top RB in this draft), and they lost last year.
    Try to keep up.

  • CODEBLACK2011

    NATION!!!!!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Whoknows,

    What’s up bro? Is the game televised in SD?

  • Whoknows

    Raider O Says:
    September 15th, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    Whoknows,

    What’s up bro? Is the game televised in SD?
    ***************************
    What up monkey man…
    Naw they are playing the “manning bowl”.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Lost last WEEK* (not year).

  • jesusraiderjim

    @Hairy O

    How do you watch the game if it isn’t on the tube?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Lol.
    Thx bro.

  • alex7

    Thank you, Reggie (part 362):

    DHB: 2 catches, 10 yards, 1 off-the-chest drop.
    Bush: 2 carries, 0 yards.
    Wimbley: 0 defensive stats for Titans.
    Huff: 0 defensive stats for Ravens.
    Routt: Out of the NFL.
    D.Bryant: 1 tackle, .5 sacks
    Wheeler: 4 tackles, 0 sacks/fumbles/ints, opponent has 20 points.

    About $23 million in annual salary there.

  • alex7

    Raider O

    how did Peterson do in the playoffs? Oh, lost to the team with the better QB?

    Thanks for proving my point.

    Top QB >>>> top RB every time.

  • No Mas Diamante

    I like to see our division doing well. AFC west has been a laughing stock for a few seasons now. It will make it that much sweeter when we win the division. Whenever that is…