Film Notes: Beware of McFadden

Struggling Pats D could have a hard time stopping the dynamic Oakland running back

Originally Published: September 30, 2011
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
After breaking down film, Scouts Inc. gives its take on what to watch in the NFL this weekend:

1. Can the Raiders' running game pound the Pats' defense? This is not the game New England needs after a tough Week 3 loss at Buffalo. The Raiders' run game is not only physical, but also very fast. Darren McFadden does an excellent job getting up into the hole inside to draw defenders and then bouncing outside, and his edge blockers do a nice job reaching blocks and walling off the defenders to give him a nice outside crease. Once McFadden gets outside, his receivers do a really good job blocking downfield. New England is not tackling very well on the second and third levels, and if the Patriots' defenders don't wrap up, McFadden will get quality yards after contact.
Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.