The Raiders like the 1-2 punch they saw at running back

The Raiders' ground game came alive in San Diego behind two breakout backs.
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Seems like an extra week off did wonders to repair the Raiders' ground game.

Starter Latavius Murray popped off 5.7 yards per carry against the Chargers on Sunday. And his backup, speedster Taiwan Jones, added 42 all-purpose yards of his own. 

“We got a lot of guys healthy from the bye week and we were just anxious to put together four good quarters,” Jones told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Latavius and I benefited a lot from the bye week and you can see it paid off.”

Murray found the end zone just seconds into the game. Later, when his team needed more speed and less power, they subbed Jones in.

Together, the thunder-and-lightning duo helped the Raiders score on their first six offensive possessions. 

“All kudos to (offensive coordinator Bill) Musgrave,” Jones said. “He sees what we bring to the table and he uses us a little differently, and it’s been working.”

(h/t San Francisco Chronicle)

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