McFadden is showing NFL what he can do
To watch Darren McFadden run with a football is like watching a man on fire running down a street in search of a swimming pool.
Don't think about getting in his way unless you want to get knocked down and burned.
In his fourth season, McFadden is playing like the star the Raiders anticipated when they made him the No. 4 overall pick of the 2008 draft.
He has matured into his body, and he's healthy. And now he's using a lethal combination of power, speed and determination that makes him a threat every time he touches the ball.
He caught the attention of Raiders fans with a breakout 2010 season with 1,157 yards. Now he's working on the rest of the league.
He certainly grabbed the attention of the biased East Coast media after he burned the New York Jets for 171 yards including one jaw-dropping 70-yard touchdown run in Sunday's 34-24 Raiders victory.
Through three games, he leads the league with 393 rushing yards (131.0 average). While it's quarterback Jason Campbell's job to direct Oakland's offense, it's clearly McFadden's job to carry it.
The Raiders have played inspiring, smash-mouth football this season. If not for a late meltdown in Buffalo, they would be 3-0.
Raiders fans have always believed in their team. Now the Raiders, behind McFadden's efforts, are finally believing in themselves.
What to watch
Baseball, A's at Mariners, 7:05 p.m. CSNCA: The A's have played well down the home stretch.
Will Raiders running back Darren McFadden rush for 2,000 yards this season?
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Which local college football team will finish with a better record?
Sacramento State: 89%
UC Davis: 11%
Total votes: 178
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