Raiders add in power rushing plays, actually run the ball well

Peter Aiken

Dennis Allen has seemed to finally come to his senses with the implementation of power-blocking techniques in the Raiders' playbook.

The lightbulb has finally seemed to turn on for Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, as he's now implementing some power-blocking concepts in the team's run scheme to get running back Darren McFadden going, according to Paul Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area.

McFadden has excelled with the Raiders offensive line, operating out of a power-blocking concept the past two seasons, compiling 1,771 total rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 20 games played. This year, with Allen moving to a more zone-oriented attack, McFadden has struggled to find the holes, averaging a paltry 3.3 YPC compared to the 5+ yards per tote Raiders fans have come accustomed to over the past couple of years.

Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said the team used a "good balance" of both schemes in the fourth quarter of Oakland's 26-16 win over Kansas City this past weekend. The team rushed for 135 total yards, with 95 of those coming in the final 15 minutes.

After seeing those results, center Steve Wisniewski believes the implementation of power techniques could get their rushing offense going in the red zone:

"...you get some crazier looks in the red zone, you get more guys in the box and sometimes there's not a hole but if you're coming downhill and getting push in a power scheme you're going to get an ugly three, four yards and sometimes that's the best way to do it."

More touchdowns for McFadden? Now that's music to ears of Raiders fans and frustrated fantasy owners everywhere.

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