Oakland Raiders: Why Darren McFadden Will Bounce Back Against Washington Redskins in Week 4

Redskins Defense is Historically Bad Which Means a Nice Game for DMC

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COMMENTARY | Oh Darren McFadden, where art thou? You were nowhere to be found against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football as you finished with just nine yards, but all was not lost.

Yes, McFadden was completely shutdown by the stingy Denver defense, but he's sure to bounce back nicely against a Washington Redskins defense that is letting opposing towel boys run for huge gains on them.

Washington's defense is awful. And it's one thing to just say that, but it's another thing to actually have some stats to back it up. So here you go:

-The Redskins have given up nearly 1,500 yards in three games, a mark that hasn't been eclipsed since the Kennedy administration.

-They are 31st in the league defending both the pass and the rush.

-They let the Green Bay Packers get their first 100-yard rusher since 2010.

They just aren't a good defensive unit. Since 2006 when Washington's defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was the defensive coordinator in St. Louis, his teams have finished 23rd, 21st, 28th, 31st, 13th and 28th in the NFL in yards against.

Right now the Redskins are 32nd. Haslett has been to defense what Greg Knapp has been to offense.

This couldn't come at a better time for McFadden who is coming off his worst game as a pro. After such a dismal outing against the Broncos where he averaged less than one yard per carry, McFadden will have some redemption against Washington's defense that is giving up 155 yards per game on the ground.

Let's play some devil's advocate for a second. Yes, the Redskins held the Detroit Lions to 63 rushing yards in Week 3. That was without Reggie Bush.

If they let James Starks run for over 100 yards on them, imagine what would've happened if Bush was able to suit up.

Though the Raiders are likely without their starting quarterback, they have made some noise early on this season. Their fans are excited and have already sold out the O.co Coliseum for Sunday's tilt with the Redskins.

McFadden has already said he wants to be a Raider for life. He knows that nine rushing yards in a single game is inexcusable. He wants to play much better against Washington, especially since the Raiders want to head into their Week 5 matchup against the San Diego Chargers with as much momentum as possible.

The Broncos forced Terrelle Pryor to win the game himself by cutting McFadden out of the equation. And even though Matt Flynn is likely to get the start in this one, the Redskins defense just isn't good enough to focus all its attention solely on McFadden.

The Broncos zoned in on McFadden because their defense was good enough to do so.

Washington's isn't.

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

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