Originally posted on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 11/4/11
Broncos coach John Fox knows Darren McFadden isn’t expected to play Sunday, but he also knows it’s not likely to make much of a difference in the Raiders’ game plan against his team Sunday. “You know when you play the Raiders you’re going to play a physical, up-front team that’s going to pound it at you, running the ball,” he said on a conference call this week. “That’s why they're second in the league in rushing.” Stepping in for McFadden will be Michael Bush, a punishing and effective runner in his own right, and speedy rookie Taiwan Jones. Bush and Jones should allow the Raiders to keep to form and remain a balanced attack, without relying too much on quarterback Carson Palmer, who’s now had two weeks to get familiar with the Oakland playbook and refine his timing. Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group reported that Bush has had some of the biggest games of his career stepping up when McFadden has been unable to play. In two such games last season, Bush rushed for 104 yards vs.
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