Overall Ranking

164 '12 '11 '10
Games -- -- 14
Attempts -- -- 158
Rushing Yards -- -- 655
100 Yard Games -- -- 2
Receptions -- -- 18
Receiving Yards -- -- 194
Total TDs -- -- 8
Michael-bush

Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    IND 21 @ CHI 41

  • Week 2 - Sep 13

    CHI 10 @ GB 23

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    STL 6 @ CHI 23

  • Week 5 - Oct 01

    CHI 34 @ DAL 18

  • Week 6 - Oct 14

    bye

  • Week 8 - Oct 22

    DET @ CHI

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    CHI @ TEN

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    HOU @ CHI

  • Week 12 - Nov 19

    CHI @ SF

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    SEA @ CHI

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    ATL 12 @ CHI 30

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    CHI 13 @ NO 30

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    GB 27 @ CHI 17

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    CAR 29 @ CHI 34

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    CHI 13 @ DET 24

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    MIN 10 @ CHI 39

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    CHI 24 @ TB 18

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    bye

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    CHI 30 @ PHI 24

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    DET 13 @ CHI 37

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    SD 20 @ CHI 31

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    CHI 20 @ OAK 25

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    KC 10 @ CHI 3

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    CHI 10 @ DEN 13

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    SEA 38 @ CHI 14

  • Week 16 - Dec 25

    CHI 21 @ GB 35

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    DET 14 @ CHI 19

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    CHI 27 @ DAL 20

  • Week 3 - Sep 27

    GB 17 @ CHI 20

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    CHI 3 @ NYG 17

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    CHI 23 @ CAR 6

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    SEA 23 @ CHI 20

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    WAS 17 @ CHI 14

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    bye

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    CHI 22 @ BUF 19

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    MIN 13 @ CHI 27

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    CHI 16 @ MIA 0

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    PHI 26 @ CHI 31

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    CHI 24 @ DET 20

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    NE 36 @ CHI 7

  • Week 15 - Dec 20

    CHI 40 @ MIN 14

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    NYJ 34 @ CHI 38

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    OAK 31 @ KC 10

    25 rushes

    137 rush yards

    1 TDs

    4 receptions

    34 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 1 - Sep 13

    CHI 15 @ GB 21

  • Week 2 - Sep 20

    PIT 14 @ CHI 17

  • Week 3 - Sep 27

    CHI 25 @ SEA 19

  • Week 4 - Oct 04

    DET 24 @ CHI 48

  • Week 5 - Oct 11

    bye

  • Week 6 - Oct 18

    CHI 14 @ ATL 21

  • Week 7 - Oct 25

    CHI 10 @ CIN 45

  • Week 8 - Nov 01

    CLE 6 @ CHI 30

  • Week 9 - Nov 08

    ARI 41 @ CHI 21

  • Week 10 - Nov 12

    CHI 6 @ SF 10

  • Week 11 - Nov 22

    PHI 24 @ CHI 20

  • Week 12 - Nov 29

    CHI 10 @ MIN 36

  • Week 13 - Dec 06

    STL 9 @ CHI 17

  • Week 14 - Dec 13

    GB 21 @ CHI 14

  • Week 15 - Dec 20

    OAK 20 @ DEN 19

    18 rushes

    133 rush yards

    1 TDs

    1 receptions

    11 rec yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 16 - Dec 28

    MIN 30 @ CHI 36

  • Week 17 - Jan 03

    CHI 37 @ DET 23

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Michael Bush

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2008 - 2011 Statistics

                         RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY

















                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm


2011 Stats         256       977      7         37        47        418      1         187.5     11.7


2010 Stats         158       655      8         18        24        194      0         132.9      9.5


2009 Stats         123       589      3         17        19        105      0           87.4      5.5


2008 Stats           95       421      3         19        30        162      0           76.3      5.1
















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2009 Review

Why those tardbucklers out in Oakland refuse to admit that Michael Bush is at least the better suited 1st- and 2nd-down running back at this point is beyond us.  It’s clear by now that Darren McFadden can’t help but to go down on first contact, which might be okay for a 3rd-down back, but absolutely cannot be the case as your primary runner.  Michael Bush, on the other hand, is tough as nails.  To average 4.6 yards/carry over his career (4.8 in 2009) at 245 lbs is awesome, plus it shows that would-be tacklers obviously need help in bringing him down.  However, the Raiders decided that a three-man tandem of Bush, McFadden, and Justin Fargas (WTF????) was the way to go in 2009, thus limiting Michael to just 123 carries for 589 yards and 3 TDs.  Ahhh well, such is life as an Oakland Raider…


~  Ranked 44th in the league with 83.4 RB fantasy points (basic scoring system)


~  Tied for 40th in the league with 3 rushing touchdowns


~  Tied for 115th in the league with 3 total touchdowns


~  Ranked 39th in the league with 589 rushing yards


~  Ranked 48th in the league with 36.8 rushing yards per game


~  Ranked 41st in the league with 123 attempts


~  Tied for 30th in the league with 3 rushes of 20+ yards


~  Tied for 47th in the league with 22 rushes for first downs


~  Lost 1 fumble on the year


~  Ranked 55th among running backs with 17 receptions


~  Ranked 64th among running backs with 105 receiving yards


~  Set career bests in yards (589), attempts (123), yards/attempt (4.8), yards/game (36.8), and total yards from scrimmage (694)

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

Justin Fargas is finally gone (Thank the Maker! – C3PO in Star Wars), so Bush will only have resident bank-breaker Darren McFadden to contend with for the starting job in 2010.  Seeing that this is still the Oakland Raiders we’re talking about here, there’s no way of knowing exactly who will win the job, but at least he’ll have better odds to contend with this season.  The former 1st-round and 4th overall pick Darren McFadden will still get more of an opportunity to win the job than Bush will due to the money invested in him, but we believe Michael’s innate ability to gain the tough yards on a consistent basis will win out in the end.  If he wins the job outright, he could be in for really solid season that could see him scrape the 1,000-yard surface and close to double-digit TDs.  The better bet is that Bush and McFadden split time on the field, which probably puts Michael as more of a fantasy backup than anything else.  Hi upside might be worth the chance though, especially when you consider McFadden’s brittle composition.


~ The release of Justin Fargas leaves at least 130 carries and a huge chunk of time on the field to be had


~ Bush is now a few years removed from his broken leg injury and looks like he’s gained every step back and more


~ Michael’s measly rookie contract is up after this year, so he’ll be motivated as hell after seeing McFadden collect uber-millions for sucking


~ Oakland finally has a QB that needs to be accounted for, so there should be plenty of room to run with no more eight-in-the-box defenses to deal with

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Bush does not have a Twitter account.  The official Team Twitter account comes through here:  Raiders Player Tweets


 


 


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Contract

Michael signed a rookie contract back in July of 2007 to the tune of $2.165 million over four years, a deal which included $500,000 as a signing bonus.  Expect Bush to do everything he can to earn that coveted long-term, second-contract that players work their asses off for.  Here’s the final year of his first:


2010 - $550,000


2011 - Free Agent

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Handcuff

Darren McFadden is the necessary handcuff to Bush

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Team Analysis

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Strength of Schedule


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Injury Report

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Even though Bush missed his whole rookie season recovering from a broken leg suffered in college, he's played 15 and 16 games in the two seasons since

Bush to lead the way with Fargas out

Raiders running back Justin Fargas (knee) has been declared inactive for today's game against the Browns. Michael Bush will get the start.

Pyro's take: Michael Bush becomes a decent RB2 play for your fantasy team because of this, as he and Darren McFadden will likely split the duties with Bush getting more of the first and second down work and McFadden getting more third down situations. Bush will also take the goal line carries.

12/27/09, 11:15 AM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

Michael Bush will get the start for the Raiders

Just as it was last week, Raiders coach Tom Cable has decided to stick with running back Michael Bush as his starter in the backfield after Bush ran for 119 yards on 14 carries last week.

Pyro's take: Bush has always been capable of production like this, but for some unknown reason (Cable and Al Davis are morons), he never gets the chance to show it. He could be a very low-end RB2 for your fantasy football team this Sunday, but if you have another option, you should probably go with that.

11/20/09, 06:00 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.sfgate.com

Michael Bush passed over again

Raiders coach Tom Cable likes the way running back Justin Fargas plays the game, and said as much Sunday following the team's win. "I think he and I have had a connection since I got here about running the ball and how you do it," Cable said. "I thought he was really big for our football team today."

Pyro's take: Fargas had a decent game with 87 yards on 23 carries (3.8 average), so it doesn't surprise us that the Raiders are once again making a huge mistake in bypassing Michael Bush for this lump.
Hey Cable, you don't think Bush would have gone for far more than that if given the ball 23 times you putz?

10/19/09, 03:30 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.sfgate.com

McFadden inactive, Bush and Fargas to split carries

Raiders running back Darren McFadden is inactive for the game against the Giants today. Michael Bush and Justin Fargas will split the carries while McFadden is out.

Pyro's take: With McFadden out for a few weeks, lets see if Michael Bush can step it up and make himself an interesting fantasy football option for a bit. Fargas still should not be on your team.

10/11/09, 11:30 AM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.nfl.com

Fargas or Bush to start with McFadden out?

Raiders running back Darren McFadden will be out 2-4 weeks as he undergoes surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Pyro's take: Justin Fargas and Michael Bush will take over in the interim, but neither will be worth a fantasy football play as the Raiders have tough match-ups the next three weeks.

10/05/09, 06:15 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Bush, not Fargas to be No. 2 RB for Raiders

The call came down on Friday that even though Justin Fargas is now healthy, Michael Bush will be the No. 2 running back behind Darren McFadden on Sunday. Fargas also is not guaranteed to be active Week 2.

Pyro's take: This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone as Bush is clearly the more talented back. Drop Fargas from your fantasy squad if you have him and only think about picking him back up if McFadden gets injured.

09/18/09, 03:45 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: twitter.com

Raiders starting tailback to be named next week

Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable told reporters on Wednesday after practice that he will name his starting running back next week after seeing what happens in their final preseason game.

Pyro's take: The Raiders still have Justin Fargas listed atop the team's depth chart, but that's bound to change as Fargas won't be suiting up for that last preseason game. Darren McFadden's versatility and game-breaking abilities give him the edge over Michael Bush, though Bush should still get 10-15 touches a game. Handcuff these two together regardless of who comes out on top.

09/02/09, 11:30 AM CDT by
Source: www.ibabuzz.com

Michael Bush to start Raiders third preseason game

Oakland Raiders RB Michael Bush will get the starting nod for the team's third preseason game on Saturday. Darren McFadden is expected to back him up as Justin Fargas might not play due to his injured hamstring.

Pyro's take: Coach Tom Cable said earlier in camp that the third preseason game would closely resemble what the Raiders would be coming out with in Week 1 of the regular season. Whether that means Michael Bush would be the team's starting RB, or if it only means he would be showing the general rotation of backs is unknown. We'll see on Saturday just how much Cable is willing to reveal. As far as fantasy goes, McFadden is still the guy to draft first on this team, but absolutely must be handcuffed to Bush as both backs could see close to an equal amount of time.

08/25/09, 08:00 AM CDT by
Source: www.ibabuzz.com

McFadden to start preseason game against 49ers

Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden has been named the starter for this week's preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers by coach Tom Cable, which means RB Michael Bush will get his chance to start next week against the Saints.

Pyro's take: Even though the Raiders brass claim that there is still a competition to become the starter in Week 1, all signs point toward McFadden getting the job. We also fully expect Michael Bush to garner the backup duties and possibly get 10+ touches a game as well.

08/22/09, 05:30 AM CDT by
Source: www.ibabuzz.com

Fargas listed as #1 RB on depth chart

When the first depth chart of the year came out, the only person who wasn't surprised to see his name atop the RB list was Oakland Raiders RB Justin Fargas. RB Darren McFadden was listed as the backup, with RB Michael Bush listed third.

Pyro's take: If this was any other team in the league, we'd just chalk this up as some sort of late April Fools joke, but with Al Davis running the team, we know it's not. No worries though, as we have no doubt that McFadden and Bush will be pushing Fargas aside before the season starts.

08/12/09, 04:30 AM CDT by
Source: www.ibabuzz.com

Two 1,000-yard rushers for Oakland this year?

Raiders RB Michael Bush believes the team could produce two 1,000-yard rushers this season while running behind Oakland's big fullbacks in their new zone blocking scheme. "With the fullbacks that we have, we're going to rock things with Lorenzo (Neal) and Big O (Oren O'Neal). The zone scheme is made to have at least two 1,000-yard backs. It's possible."

Pyro's take: While we love the positive thinking on Bush's part, he might be going a little too far with this one as the feat has only been accomplished 5 times in the history of the NFL. Bush and McFadden certainly have the talent. Too bad clubhouse favorite Justin Fargas is still hanging around.

08/09/09, 08:15 AM CDT by
Source: www.insidebayarea.com

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