Oakland Raiders, paging some run defense, anyone?
I think Houston Texans RB Arian Foster added another 40 yards to his rushing total simply running towards the locker room at the end of the game yesterday. The Oakland Raiders run defense is atrocious. The Raiders are picking up right where they left off last season, unable to stop the run and it showed large yesterday.
The Oakland Raiders surrendered 249 yards on the ground to the Houston Texans, Houston finished the afternoon with a 6.9 yard per carry average in the running game. There is no excuse for that. Early on in the first quarter, Derrick Ward started at running back for the Texans while Arian Foster sat out due to a coaches decision. Ward scampered 33 yards to the endzone, and ended the day with 80 yards on just 12 carries. The 33 yard score by Ward, was his longest run since 2008.
When Foster did enter the game, he did similar damage, rushing 16 times for 131 yards and added 56 yards through the air, ending the afternoon with 2 scores.
Bruce Gradkowski was able to move the Raiders through the air as the Texans came into the game with the worst rated pass defense in the league. However, Gradkowski did contribute two interceptions for the day.
The Raiders are going to have to find a way to stop the run if they want any chance to compete for a playoff spot this season. Next up is the San Diego Chargers and RB Ryan Mathews.
Perhaps the biggest concern facing the Raiders currently is the status of RB Darren McFadden. McFadden left the game yesterday with a hamstring injury and said after the game it is going to be day to day. Of course, no Raiders season would be complete without another Darren McFadden injury. Michael Bush came in for McFadden and added 40 yards on 7 carries.
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