The Oakland Raiders have a -48 point differential and a 3-4 record. The NFL betting experts know that the -48 point differential is not going to win a lot of games for the Raiders, and the betting sites know that 3-4 is not the kind of record that creates images of playoff games in fans’ heads. The Raiders brought in a “proven” quarterback in Carson Palmer and still the team cannot score points through the air. Palmer could easily throw for 4,000 passing yards this year, but he may only have about 20 touchdown passes. Something needs to change in Oakland.
When you look at the stats for the Raiders this season, the first thing that strikes you is that the team is 31st in the league in running the ball. How does a team that features Darren McFadden as its running back be second to last in running the ball? One of the big reasons is that McFadden is getting less than an average of 20 carries per game. The Raiders must get that number up closer to 25 per game if the team wants to start getting the ball into the endzone on a regular basis.
The other problem is that McFadden is only averaging 3.3 yards per carry. It is hard for McFadden to get into the flow of a game when he does not carry the ball enough, and it is hard for him to pick up yards when he isn’t getting any blocking. If the Raiders want to start winning consistently, it needs to beef up the running game and start moving the ball along the ground more effectively.