Going into Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Darren McFadden was in need of a good day. In the first two games of the season, McFadden totaled just 54 rushing yards on 26 carries, not the kind of numbers a team is looking to see from its starting running back. McFadden had his good day in Oakland's 34-31 win.
The fifth-year veteran out of Arkansas carried the ball 18 times and picked up 113 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers. It was McFadden's first 100-yard game since Sept. 25, 2011, against the New York Jets. McFadden's solid performance helped the Raiders earn their first win of 2012.
Even though McFadden was saying all the right things before the game, he was likely beginning to feel some pressure to provide more production. Sunday's game relieved that pressure:
"It feels good. Like a weight off your shoulders. I feel good about that. We just want to go out there, keep working hard and keep getting better each week.
"We always tell ourselves, you just have to keep hitting it, you're going to get one yard here, two yards there, eventually you're going to break the big ones, and today we were doing that."
The Raiders will look to get back to .500 at the Denver Broncos in Week 4. The game is set to kick off 4:05 p.m. ET and will be televised by CBS.
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