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The Return of Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson

The last time the Raiders actually looked like they had a chance to win a game was the last time Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson suited up. Granted that 42-32 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasn’t exactly a too-close-to-call contest. Nor were either McFadden or Goodson the biggest reasons why the Raiders ever had a brief chance to sniff victory on that fateful Sunday that began one of the worst stretches in franchise history. But hey, we’re trying (I do stress trying) to find something, anything positive to muse on these days.

The glass does look like it’s half full today with both McFadden and Goodson returning to practice as anticipated.

For the first time in three weeks the Raiders could have their full compliment of healthy running backs.

Here’s where the negativity comes back into play.

Normally getting McFadden back would be a huge deal. Unfortunately the way the Raiders have run the rock with their best player has been more disappointing than the last Indiana Jones. None the less the Silver and Black are better with McFadden in the mix.

With the Cleveland Browns coming to town it will be interesting to see how Greg Knapp incorporates McFadden, Goodson and the recently productive Marcel Reece. Of course it would be better to see Knapp get a clue as to how to use any of the talent at his disposal but I’m trying to keep it positive so we’ll just stop now.

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