Oct 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) hands off to running back Darren McFadden (20) against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders RB McFadden ready to hit back

Oakland Raiders’ running back Darren McFadden is prepared for a physical game when his team takes on the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.

Coming out of their bye week and sitting at 2-4 on the season, Oakland will need him to be in top shape.  McFadden has been hobbled by a bum hamstring since the Raiders took on the Denver Broncos September 23rd.

He has rushed for just 267 yards on 69 carries this season, second on the team to quarterback Terrelle Pryor who has 285 yards on 44 carries.

Despite his history of injury, McFadden says he plays a physical style and is ready to hit back this Sunday.

“You always know Pittsburgh is going to play hard-nosed defense,” McFadden said, according to a report from CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair. “That’ll be the case on Sunday, but we have some things that we want to go out there and try and hopefully make some big plays against them.”

Pittsburgh sits at 19th in the NFL, allowing 109.3 yards rushing per game this season, while the Raiders are 9th in rushing yards per game at 129.2

Despite the mediocre ranking thus far in the 2013 season for the Steelers, McFadden is ready to dish out, and expecting, some blows.

“My dad always told me to go out and punch the tackler,” McFadden said. “He wanted me to be the aggressor. It’s something that always sticks in my mind when I’m running.

“They’ll play physical, but a physical game fits my style. It’s always good. I love running in these games. You want to be able to go out and show what you can do.”


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