He just notched the first 1,000 yard season of his career and Darren McFadden wants more. Before this season there were some very quiet whispers of “bust”. Today, he’s poised to do what only few men have ever done in Silver and Black.
With 119 yards on Denver, Run DMC became the first Raider since Justin Fargas to go over the 1k mark in rushing. With two games left to play, McFadden has an outside shot at becoming only the second Raider to ever rush for more than 1,300 yards in a season.
As it stands, only Harvey Williams, Mark van Eeghen, Napoleon Kaufman and Marcus Allen have ever had more yards in a season than McFadden. Allen’s team record of 1,759 is well out of reach. But Kaufman’s 1,294 in 1997 are certainly in his sights.
With an astounding average of 92 yards per contest, McFadden is right on track to catch Kaufman. So long as he does his thing against Indy on Sunday then run rampant in Arrowhead, we could be looking at second best performance ever by a Raider runner.
With a nose for the end zone, there’s no reason why Run DMC won’t go double digits in rushing TDs too. If that happens he’d become only the third Raider to ever accomplish that feat.
There’s plenty of history to be made and just think of what could have been had McFadden not missed two games due to that nagging hamstring bug that bit the Raiders. Hopefully he’ll remain in good health for years to come. This season has put the football world on alert that Darren McFadden is a force to be dealt with. At this rate we could be talking about the greatest running back to ever sport Silver and Black.
But that’s Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson territory. For now, McFadden just needs to focus on moving Kaufman down a spot in the book.