Raiders' Darren McFadden Named As RB Who Could Lead Team To Playoffs

Steve Wyche at NFL.com has a look at five running backs he thinks could give their team the production needed to overcome the lack of an elite quarterback. One of the five is Oakland's own Darren McFadden. The Raiders back played only seven games in 2011, collecting 614 yards and four touchdowns. Wyche's comments and more after the jump.

Wyche writes:

McFadden appears fully recovered from a nasty foot injury that sidelined him and sacked the Raiders after a strong start in 2011. He could flourish with the stretch runs that lead to quick-hitting gains or big-chunk cutbacks in Knapp's scheme. Oakland won't throw the ball a ton with Carson Palmer, but it will take shots downfield. New head coach Dennis Allen will tighten up a lot of the confusion that plagued the Raiders' defense, and if it can make more timely plays, McFadden could have more opportunities.

Though McFadden had a limited season, his 5.4 yards per carry was good enough to tie for fifth in the league and second in the AFC. If he can stay healthy and take advantage of better circumstances under a new head coach he could have a big impact on the Radiers' chances in 2012.

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