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Motivated McFadden 'owes Raiders fantastic season

Darren McFadden hears you talking.

The Raiders feature running back knows you call him injury prone. He knows you think his best football is behind him.

That’s okay. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion. It won’t change the way he plays football.

He takes the negativity, bottles it up and turns it into fuel.

“I feel I’ve shown glimpses of what I can do,” McFadden said, “but I still think my best football is ahead of me.”

McFadden has reason to believe a career year is upon him. He’s in the best shape of his life. He’s working in a downhill, gap-control running scheme that suits his rushing style.

It’s tailor-made for McFadden, a fact not lost on the former first-round pick.

“The organization has shown tremendous faith in me, and I’m very grateful for that,” McFadden said. “I feel like it shows real faith in me and in this offense as a whole. They clearly have confidence in my ability and what I can do in a downhill running scheme.

I’m so excited to be able to run in this type of offense again. I feel like I owe the Raiders a fantastic season.”

McFadden can only do that by staying healthy. He’s been hurt in each professional season, making durability the biggest knock on this undeniable talent.

McFadden doesn’t like being called injury prone. Hates it in fact. But he doesn’t let it psyche him out.

“I just let it roll off my back,” McFadden said. “But, at the same time, you can’t help but think about it. I don’t want to be known or thought of as injury prone, but I have gotten hurt. It’s not going to change how I play the game. If I get hurt, then I get hurt. Those things happen. I’m going to play hard.”

McFadden is also going to play fast. He has the speed of a less weathered back, the strength of a short-yardage back and the agility of a big-play maker.

Fans haven’t seen that because McFadden has been extremely limited during a preseason where health is the only concern. Coaches have.

“I see the speed, I see that from Darren McFadden,” Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “We haven’t gotten into any real live performance where he’s going to go in an carry it 20 times a game but I don’t see wear and tear on this running back, I don’t see a decline in speed.

“We’ll get a chance to see when the regular season gets going but we still believe that we have a real fine running back.”

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Schedule 2014
WeekDateOppInfo
19/7@ NYJL 19-14
29/14vs. HouL 30-14
39/21@ NE10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 AM 北京时间10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
49/28vs. Mia10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 AM 北京时间10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
5Bye Week
610/12vs. SD1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET20:05 GMT4:05 AM 北京时间1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:05 PM CT0:05 UAE (+1)16:05 ET19:05
710/19vs. Ari1:25 PM PT2:25 PM MT3:25 PM CT4:25 PM ET20:25 GMT4:25 AM 北京时间1:25 PM MST3:25 PM EST3:25 PM CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25
810/26@ Cle1:25 PM PT2:25 PM MT3:25 PM CT4:25 PM ET20:25 GMT4:25 AM 北京时间1:25 PM MST3:25 PM EST2:25 PM CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET18:25
911/2@ Sea1:25 PM PT2:25 PM MT3:25 PM CT4:25 PM ET21:25 GMT5:25 AM 北京时间2:25 PM MST4:25 PM EST3:25 PM CT1:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25
1011/9vs. Den1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET21:05 GMT5:05 AM 北京时间2:05 PM MST4:05 PM EST3:05 PM CT1:05 UAE (+1)16:05 ET19:05
1111/16@ SD1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET21:05 GMT5:05 AM 北京时间2:05 PM MST4:05 PM EST3:05 PM CT1:05 UAE (+1)16:05 ET19:05
1211/20vs. KC5:25 PM PT6:25 PM MT7:25 PM CT8:25 PM ET1:25 GMT9:25 AM 北京时间6:25 PM MST8:25 PM EST7:25 PM CT5:25 UAE (+1)20:25 ET23:25
1311/30@ StL10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 AM 北京时间11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
1412/7vs. SF1:25 PM PT2:25 PM MT3:25 PM CT4:25 PM ET21:25 GMT5:25 AM 北京时间2:25 PM MST4:25 PM EST3:25 PM CT1:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25
1512/14@ KC10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET18:00 GMT2:00 AM 北京时间11:00 AM MST1:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT22:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00
1612/21vs. Buf1:25 PM PT2:25 PM MT3:25 PM CT4:25 PM ET21:25 GMT5:25 AM 北京时间2:25 PM MST4:25 PM EST3:25 PM CT1:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25
1712/28@ Den1:25 PM PT2:25 PM MT3:25 PM CT4:25 PM ET21:25 GMT5:25 AM 北京时间2:25 PM MST4:25 PM EST3:25 PM CT1:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ET19:25
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AFC West: Chiefs
AFC East: Patriots
AFC North: Bengals
AFC South: Texans
Wild Cards: Broncos, Colts
AFC Championship: Texans over Broncos

NFC West: 49ers
NFC East: Redskins
NFC North: Packers
NFC South: Falcons
Wild Cards: Bears, Seahawks
NFC Championship: Packers over Seahawks

Super Bowl: Texans over Packers

 

AFC West: Broncos
AFC East: Patriots
AFC North: Ravens
AFC South: Colts
Wild cards: Texans, Bengals
AFC Championship: Ravens over Colts

NFC West: 49ers
NFC East: Giants
NFC North: Packers
NFC South: Falcons
Wild cards: Seahawks, Rams
NFC Championship: Falcons over Packers

Super Bowl: Falcons over Ravens

AFC West: Oakland
AFC East: New York Jets
AFC North: Cleveland
AFC South: Jacksonville
Wild cards: Buffalo, Miami
AFC Championship: Jacksonville, announcing move to London after AFC game

NFC West: Arizona
NFC East: Philadelphia
NFC North: Detroit
NFC South: Carolina
Wild cards: Minnesota, Carolina
NFC Championship: Minnesota, as Wilfs are led off to prison for fraud

Super Bowl: Jacksonville, middle fingering America every step of the way

AFC West: Broncos
AFC East: Patriots
AFC North: Steelers
AFC South: Texans
Wild cards: Bengals, Colts
AFC Championship: Broncos over the Steelers

NFC West: Niners
NFC East: Cowboys
NFC North: Packers
NFC South: Falcons
Wild cards: Saints, Bears
NFC Championship: Niners over Bears

Super Bowl - Broncos over Niners

 

NFC
East- Cowboys
North- Bears
South- Atlanta
West- 49ers
Wild Card- Eagles, Buccaneers
NFC Champ- 49ers

AFC
East- Patriots North- Ravens
South- Texans
West- Broncos
Wild Card- Colts, Chiefs
AFC Champ- Texans

Super Bowl: 49ers (homer) beats Texans 38-24

AFC West: Broncos | AFC East: Patriots | AFC North: Bengals | AFC South: Texans

Wild cards: Steelers, Ravens
AFC Championship: Broncos

 

NFC West: Seahawks | NFC East: Giants | NFC North: Packers | NFC South: Falcons

Wild cards: 49ers, Saints
NFC Championship: Seahawks over Packers

Super Bowl: Broncos over Seahawks, 27-24