OAKLAND, Calif. -- It was no secret last season that Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden was a bad fit for first-year offensive coordinator Greg Knapp's zone-blocking scheme.
McFadden was a downhill runner stuck in a scheme that required him to run laterally and patiently wait for a crease to open. He averaged a career-low 3.3 yards per carry.
This year? McFadden is running downhill again and loving life in new offensive coordinator Greg Olson's scheme, which combines power running and zone-read plays that feature quarterback Terrelle Pryor and McFadden as duel threats.
McFadden rushed for 129 yards on 19 carries Sunday, leading the Raiders to a 19-9 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in their home opener at the O.co Coliseum.
McFadden averaged 6.8 yards per try Sunday and had four explosive runs, good for 24, 30, 28 and 26 yards. He lost one fumble.
"I love being able to run downhill," said McFadden, who had his 13th career 100-yard rushing game. "I feel like I'm a downhill runner, and it's something that this offense allows me to do."
Chad Henne lost for the 13th time in his last 14 starts despite the Jaguars not committing a turnover for only the second time in 15 games.
What the Raiders said
"It's one win," strong safety Charles Woodson said. "We've got a tough one coming up. I took a glance at the score (of the Broncos game), coming in after our game, and it looks like Denver put up a lot of points again. We've got to get over this one pretty quickly and get on our film and see how Denver's going to attack us as a team next on the big stage. We got to get over this one."
What the Jaguars said
"It's always tough when you have your Pro Bowl running back go down," Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne said of losing Maurice Jones-Drew to a sprained ankle in the second quarter. "But guys have to step up. We had some guys step in there that did some good things. I thought (Jordan) Todman did pretty well, made some good runs. Guys just need to step up."
What we learned Sunday at the O.co Coliseum
1. Raiders running back Darren McFadden loves new offensive coordinator Greg Olson's power blocking scheme and appears headed for a 1,000-plus yard rushing season if he can stay healthy. McFadden rushed for 129 yards on 19 carries against Jacksonville, averaging 6.8 yards per carry. "The coaches have a lot of faith in me," McFadden said. "They want to put the ball in my hands and let me run with it. I have to give credit to my offensive line. They did a great job today in the game from the beginning to the end."
2. The Raiders don't have any one player on defense who will keep quarterbacks up at night, but their overall pass rush is much improved. The Raiders had 25 sacks the entire 2012 season. They already have nine sacks in two games, including five against Jacksonville when five Raiders had at least half a sack."We were able to get after the quarterback a little bit, especially as the game went on," Oakland coach Dennis Allen said.
3. Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew might want to miss the team flight the next time Jacksonville plays at Oakland. The Oakland native suffered a season-ending Lisfranc foot injury last year against the Raiders in Week 7 at the O.co Coliseum, carrying twice for 6 yards. Then on Sunday, he sprained an ankle against the Raiders in the second quarter and didn't return. He gained just 27 yards on 10 carries.
4. To have any chance of winning, the undermanned and short-handed Jaguars will need to play flawless football. They didn't turn the ball over Sunday, but they committed 10 penalties for 70 yards in their 19-9 loss to the Raiders. "I believe the team that makes the fewest mistakes generally has the best opportunity for victory," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "Right now we're making too many mistakes, too many mistakes as far as penalties."