Forget the fact that the Oakland Raiders’ one victory through two weeks was against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Put that obvious fact behind you, for just a second. The Raiders have reason to be optimistic this year.
As of this very moment, the Raiders own the league’s top rushing attack. Sure, it’s only been two weeks. Yeah, they haven’t played a great defense yet. But, the key for Oakland early on this season is to gain momentum and get accustomed to new starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor along with his teammates have averaged an impressive 198.5 yards per game on the ground through two weeks — tops in the NFL. Let’s recap the first two weeks of their new look offense, led by Pryor.
Against the Indianapolis Colts in week one, Pryor accounted for 112 of the team’s 171 total rushing yards and running back Darren McFadden had 48 yards and a touchdown.
In week two against the Jaguars, Pryor had another stellar game on the ground with 50 yards on nine carries. McFadden stole the show, though, with a 129-yard performance on 19 carries — a 6.8 yards-per-carry average. Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reese even got into the action combining for 47 yards and a touchdown.
This team, if they can continue to develop offensively, could be an intriguing one throughout this season. Granted, Oakland doesn’t have anybody outside of Denarius Moore to threaten a defense in the passing game. So, the rushing attack has to be this good in order for them to win.
Pryor has been the most impressive part of Oakland so far. Without him, the Raiders very well could be 0-2. But, because of the brand new element he brings to the offense, the opposition has to account for his ability to tuck and run. Don’t get too far ahead of yourselves, Raiders fans, you’re not heading to the Super Bowl anytime soon. But, 2013 will prove to be a huge improvement thanks to the run.