Raiders key matchup No. 2: McFadden vs. Allen

October 20, 2012, 4:02 pm
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second part in a series that spotlights three Raiders-Jaguars matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m. (CBS), at the Coliseum.

Matchup No. 3: Rolando McClain vs. Maurice Jones-Drew
Raiders RB Darren McFadden vs. Jaguars LB Russell AllenTale of the tape
McFadden (20): 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, fifth season, Arkansas
Allen (50): 6-foot-3, 238 pounds, fourth season, San Diego StateALAMEDA -- Entering the Raiders' sixth game, Darren McFadden insists he's this close to having that breakout game behind the new zone-blocking scheme.And what better team to have it against than one in Jacksonville that ranks 30th against the run and gives up an average of 4.7 yards per carry?"I feel like were getting there," McFadden said.At Atlanta, McFadden carried the ball 27 times for 70 yards."We still have some things that we need to clean up," he said. "It wasnt a good average but overall I felt like we ran the ball pretty good. (Mike) Goodson came in and I felt like he had some great runs, helped our average out a lot. But I feel like our running game is getting to where it needs to be."And whenever McFadden breaks through the line of scrimmage he is likely to meet Russell Allen, the outside linebacker who leads the Jaguars with 47 tackles.Allen, an undrafted rookie from San Diego State, has picked up the Jaguars' tackling slack with middle linebacker Daryl Smith still out since suffering a groin injury early in training camp.Allen also took over at weakside linebacker for Clint Session, who is on the PUP list with concussion symptoms."The first word I think of is development," Jaguars assistant head coachdefensive coordinator Mel Tucker said of Allen to the Florida Times-Union."Hes a player thats come in and has progressed and developed every year. He has tremendous work ethic, attention to detail."