The last time Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew were on the same field on a Sunday the two combined for 224 yards rushing and three TDs. In the end it was Jacksonville that got the best of Oakland as the Raiders playoff hopes were dealt a lethal blow back in 2010 but the lasting images all revolve around Run DMC and MJD.
For Jones-Drew Sunday is a homecoming as the De La Salle alum returns to the East Bay to play against the Raiders in Oakland for the first time in his career. For McFadden Sunday provides yet another opportunity to put the growing concerns of Greg Knapp’s offense in the rear view.
Thus far this season neither back has looked much like the elite level runners they are.
Jones-Drew began the season with a contract holdout yet was still in uniform for the start of the season. To date the NFL’s reigning king of rushing has just one TD and 408 yards on the ground.
Of course Darren McFadden would gladly settle for 4.9 yards-per-carry being a disappointment. Both Run DMC and MJD have the same number of carries (84), however Jones-Drew has almost twice as many yards (408 to 271 for McFadden).
That Knapp’s zone scheme has limited to McFadden to just 3 yards a carry remains a very sore subject for Raider Nation. But the running game did look much better against Atlanta and McFadden has doubled up Jones-Drew in touchdown production (2 to 1) so there is that.
Naturally we’re all rooting for a Raiders win no matter what players step up and have a big day tomorrow. But it would certainly be nice to see a duel between two of the leagues best runners. Fantasy owners everywhere are counting on it too.