Improving run defense key for Raiders

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 02, 2012
With their offense still struggling to score points, the Oakland Raiders increasingly have had to rely on a defense that has been surprisingly stout against the run this season. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who has never been part of a top 10 defense in his nine NFL seasons, expects more. The Raiders (3-4) have allowed 55 yards rushing or fewer in three of their last five games and are giving up an average of just 102.1 yards a game on the ground overall. That's a marked difference from 2011 when opponents rushed for 136.1 yards per game against Oakland. The last time the Raiders were this good against the run? That was in 2002 - the last year they made the playoffs. --- Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL
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