Patriots gear up for Raiders RB McFadden
Thursday, September 29, 2011
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- It's no secret that the New England Patriots defense has struggled to stop the pass this season.
Linebacker Jerod Mayo didn't lay out any excuses for it, either.
"I think we have great players on our defense. At the same time, we have to go out and prove it on Sundays. Up to this point we really haven't done that," he said. "The numbers are what they are. We have to go out and try to change those numbers.
"No matter how good you think you are, the numbers don't lie."
Neither do Darren McFadden's.
The Oakland Raiders' bruising running back leads the league with 393 yards and was the driving force in the Raiders' 34-24 win over the New York Jets on Sunday. McFadden piled up 171 yards and scored twice, including a 70-yard jaunt in the second quarter, one of five runs totaling 20 yards or more this season, tied for tops in the NFL.