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Oakland Raiders: Darren McFadden's Success Against Jacksonville Jaguars Sets Tone for Rest of the Season

Run DMC Leads Way Against Jags

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COMMENTARY | It's amazing what one week can do for you.

Darren McFadden knows this all too well after he finished with 129 yards on just 19 carries as the Oakland Raiders easily handled the Jacksonville Jaguars 19-9 on Sunday.

It was a huge relief for McFadden who struggled mightily against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 where he averaged a measly 2.8 yards per carry and failed to rush for 50 yards.

Against the Jaguars, however, McFadden more than doubled that total by averaging 6.8 yards per carry. He also added 28 yards on four receptions to total nearly half of Oakland's total offense.

When McFadden goes, the Raiders go. It's as simple as that.

Oakland is 11-2 when McFadden runs for at least 100 yards, and it makes sense. Because when it comes down to it, the Raiders aren't exactly loaded with talent.

They don't have the Pro Bowl quarterback or a high-caliber wide receiver to move the chains.

They have a quarterback who's made three career starts and a young receiving corps who is among one of the most inexperienced in the NFL. McFadden is the nucleus to Oakland's offense.

He's in a contract year. He wants to be a Raider for life. He's already said it.

His electrifying talent makes him one of the most dangerous running backs in the league, but the injury bug would rather not see that happen.

But this is a new year. The Raiders have reverted back to the power-blocking scheme that McFadden's style fits so well. In the zone-blocking scheme last year, he only had two games where he averaged more than four yards per carry.

He caught a case of the Chris Johnson's.

Now McFadden has the luxury of playing with a quarterback who can hurt defenses with his ability to run the football. I mean, Terrelle Pryor only has 15 fewer rushing yards than McFadden this season.

This means teams won't be able to focus solely on McFadden like they've done in the past. Having Pryor might be the best thing McFadden could have asked for.

He had his biggest game since September of 2011, and it came early in the season, a good sign for the Raiders. He's running like the McFadden of old.

And when McFadden is good, the Raiders are good. Fact.

Steven Slivka is a freelance writer for the Oakland Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter @StevenSlivka.

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