Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/26/13
Raiders running back Darren McFadden has exceeded 52 rushing yards once this season. The outlier came in Week 2, when he had 129 yards on 19 carries. His high output came against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the bingo equivalent of a free space. He has 267 yards and two touchdowns over 69 carries, a lackluster sum due to injury or ineffectiveness. Neither has helped what McFadden hoped to be a resurgent season. He had 113 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers last season, as part of an uneven campaign. This time around, McFadden views Sunday’s home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers as a chance to get on track and stay there. He’s fully recovered from a hamstring strain that cut the Washington game short, kept him out against San Diego and gave the Chiefs a shadow of himself. “I’m feeling as good as you can this time of year,” McFadden said after Friday’s practice. “I’m looking forward to getting out there and getting loose on Sunday.” Doing so against the Pittsburgh Steelers is traditionally a fool’s errand. The vaunted Steelers defense isn’t as productive as year’s past, especially against the run. The Steelers rank No. 19 against the run, allowing 109.3 yards per game. Their pass defense is far better, leaving the most efficient means of production on McFadden’s shoulders.
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