The Oakland Raiders made the most noise at the trade deadline when they acquired QB Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals to take the place of injured starter Jason Campbell. Once shock over the potential of giving up two first-round picks for a soon-to-be 32-yeard old quarterback was pushed aside, the focus immediately switched to how quickly he could take over the reigns of Al Saunders’ offense.
Saunders said on Wednesday morning that “as long as he’s breathing“, Palmer will line up under center for the Raiders. But no matter if it’s Palmer or backup Kyle Boller, the Kansas City Chiefs defense needs to find a way to stop Darren McFadden, something they have had decent success with in the past.
The Raiders version of “Run DMC” is the NFL’s rushing leader after six weeks thanks in large part to a Jamaal Charles-esque 5.5 yards per carry. McFadden is also the second leading receiver for Oakland with 18 catches going for an 8.4 yard average.
McFadden was welcomed into the league by the Kansas City defense back in 2008 when he ripped off 164 yards on 21 carries in just his second game as a pro. That stood as the best game of his career until last season when he tore up the Denver Broncos for 170 yards. His effort against the Chiefs his rookie year still ranks as the third most yardage he’s ever recorded.
Aside from that first game, the Chiefs have actually held McFadden in check. The other four games they have seen him, the running back has totaled just 148 yards on 40 carries and one touchdown.
After putting up 1,157 yards last season — in just 13 games — McFadden is on pace to easily pass that number and will pose a huge threat to the Kansas City defense. His worst game this season was in a Week 5 win over the Houston Texans when he carried the ball 16 times for 51 yards.
The Chiefs certainly have their work cut out for them if they plan to continue their recent success containing McFadden.