Oakland Raiders make adjustments to win on road

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Sep 27, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray (28) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Running Game

The Raiders are a big, physical team with Latavius Murray at running back that can run on anyone. They were physical enough to average 5.1 yards on a Ravens team that’s giving up 3.4 yards per carry this year. Down big against the Bengals, the Raiders couldn’t use the running game much but should have to control the clock against the Ravens.

However, on Sunday, Musgrave made an adjustment, callling Murray’s number 26 times and he rushed for 139 yards and a TD. Along with Murray himself, Raiders fans have been waiting for this after seeing Murray’s breakout game last year. Before Murray’s breakout, the Raiders hadn’t had much of a running game since 2011.

But you knew Del Rio and Musgrave, who like to play smash-mouth football, would get the running game going. Having an emerging star like Murray will bring balance to what Carr and Cooper are doing too. Carr and Cooper can go get the lead and Murray can run the clock out to rest the defense.

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