The Oakland Raiders are starting to take too many steps back into the wrong direction, but do the Raiders have hope if starting running back Darren McFadden returns this weekend?
McFadden’s status is currently doubtful to play against the New Orleans Saints this weekend, but Coach Dennis Allen believes that he will be ready for week 12, if not this weekend. Which means, there is still a possibility, even though McFadden missed practice today, that he could be active against the Saints.
McFadden has had 455 yards and two touchdowns rushing so far this season. It is past the halfway point and McFadden’s lack of production leads to the question: Will he make a difference?
The Raiders are still the second worst team in rushing yards per game. McFadden has had a shoulder injury throughout the first half of the season before he suffered a high ankle sprain. When he comes back, he is not going to have a huge impact on the offense, and the situation the Raiders are in is too deep for them not to panic. The best they can do is try to contend with the Saints this weekend, but they can’t afford to lose anymore games.
The Denver Broncos appear to be the team that will win the AFC West, so the Raiders have an even more difficult challenge to try and stay in the Wild Card chase, which they are already unlikely to be able to go undefeated the rest of the season to earn a spot in the playoffs.
If McFadden returns, there is no down side to it, but if he returns to soon, the Raiders are risking there franchise running back’s career. He has been banged up throughout his career as a Raider, they can not afford to rush his recovery just to send him out onto the field to get hurt again.