RAIDERS’ POWERFUL RUN GAME?
It’s definitely a fact that this Oakland team possesses the 4th ranked rushing offense in the league. 140.6 yards per game, 4.9 yards per carry (tied for 1st), and 10 rushing TD’s is nothing to overlook. Especially when this spotty Cowboys’ defense has allowed 204 ypg and 6.3 ypc over the last 3 contests.
However, and this is a big however, those Oakland rushing statistics are a far cry from the threat you will see this afternoon. Matt McGloin will be behind center in the opposition’s backfield. On the season he has 5 rushes for -3 yards, far from a dasher.
For the Cowboys this is a huge factor. Oakland has shown a dynamic rushing offense over the season.
Yet without QB Terrelle Pryor, his 68 carries for 504 rushing yards, and 2 rushing TD’s…the Raiders are a far cry from a dominant running team.
The mobile QB is 2nd on the team in rushing, trailing by only 49 yards. He’s tied for 2nd with 2 TD’s behind Darren McFadden’s 4, and led all runners with a 7.4 ypc average on 68 carries. Forfeiting this threat is a huge blow to their offense.
By removing Pryor’s numbers from their yearly run total, Oakland is reduced to a much less effective 94.8 ypg rushing total. That number slides them all the way back from 4th to 23rd in the league.
That’s a mere 15 ypg more production than the lethargic Cowboys’ ground game. Yes they’ve still run the ball for more yards than Dallas with the RB’s. However Dallas has carried the ball 29 fewer times (after removing Pryor’s carries), and throws for 55 more passing ypg.
Without the extreme rushing threat of Terrelle Pryor behind center, this Oakland squad is far from the powerhouse ground team that their lofty 4th place ranking suggests.