Just because the NFL is a passing league doesn’t mean there aren’t teams out there that still look to ground and pound their way to victory. If you don’t believe me then tune-in Sunday morning to see how the Raiders and Texans do battle.
We can spend all day dissecting individual matchups, talking strategy and discussing personnel. Really the only two names you need to know are Darren McFadden and Arian Foster. And the only area of the field you should be focused on is where the biggest and the baddest compete on every snap – the trenches.
Whoever controls the line of scrimmage will walk away the winner. It’s just that simple.
After seeing the Patriots win with a subpar showing by Brady standards the Texans have got to be salivating at the thought of unleashing their deadly running attack on the hapless Raiders’ run defense.
While Oakland continues to try and solve the never ending run defense deficiency the Texans – and the rest of the league for that matter – are searching for ways to stop one of football’s ultimate weapons. Darren McFadden put the league on alert last year. This time around he’s not issuing any warning shots.
But to only talk about the running backs is unfair to the men that pave the way for them.
Both Houston and Oakland are very similar in their bullying approach on the offensive line. In order to get McFadden and Foster into space you need heavy machinery clearing the path.
If you like smash mouth football then you should enjoy Sunday’s offering cause you’re going to get a heavy dose of it. Whereas Foster and McFadden get all the fantasy love they’ve also got a couple compliments behind them that figure to feature heavily.
Michael Bush and Derrick Ward could easily be starters somewhere else in the NFL. Instead both are buried behind All-Pro runners yet both find ways to get theirs. Foster started off the year slowly thanks to injury allowing Ward to get loose while Bush has found the end zone in all but one of Oakland’s games thus far.
All in all is should be a Sunday of old school physical football with the last man standing emerging as the winner. There will be no surprises, unless the Texans exploit Oakland’s weakened secondary as well. In that case all bets are off. Without Andre Johnson you’d assume Foster is the man that will be expected to carry Houston to victory. But with the silver and black defense every Sunday is going to be an adventure this season.