The Oakland Raiders may draft like a team looking to pitch and catch the ball, but in reality they are a power running team that can grind up teams on the ground. The Raiders showed that on their first scoring drive against the Buffalo Bills as they used 14 plays to drive 71 yards and take a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The Raiders and Bills each punted twice in the first quarter with neither team able to get much going on offense. However, the Raiders were able to convert on a 4th and 1 and finished off the drive. The Raiders rushed Darren McFadden just off guard on the 4th down and he got the easy first down. Jason Campbell then connected with Denarius Moore on a questionable throw by Campbell but brilliant catch by Moore to get inside the red zone. The Raiders continued mixed in some short passes with their grinding rushing attack and Michael Bush finished it off with a one yard touchdown run.
The Raiders are dealing with the always tough "short week followed by a trip to the East coast for a 10am pacific game." West coast teams struggle with that, but the Raiders rushing attack might be pivotal to countering it in Buffalo.