NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Running back Darren McFadden shined brightest for the Raiders on Sunday, when positives were few and far between during a season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans.
McFadden rushed for 95 yards on 18 carries, caught six passes for 55 more yards and scored Oakland's lone touchdown.
"He was a real positive for our football team," Raiders coach Tom Cable said. "He did a lot of things that we needed him to do, catching the ball, blocking, running with the football. He was able to convert some plays. That's the kind of player we envisioned him being. As I have said all along, if he is healthy, that's what he is capable of."
McFadden battled toe, shoulder and knee injuries during his first two seasons. He also fought for playing time in a backfield that featured Justin Fargas and Michael Bush.
As expected, Bush sat out Sunday's game with a broken left thumb. That cleared the way for McFadden to take center stage.
McFadden outplayed Titans counterpart Chris Johnson for most of the game. Both running backs averaged 5.3 yards per carry, but 76 of Johnson's 142 yards came on one play.
"I feel like I just did the best job that I could out there, as far as how the coaches use me," McFadden said. "You want to go out there and play hard and I feel like I did that. "... It felt good."
In particular, his 10th snap as a pro qualifies as forgettable. Veldheer's delivery sailed past quarterback Jason Campbell's right hand and toward midfield on a third-down play midway through the first quarter. Campbell recovered the ball and returned it for a 1-yard gain. Campbell's quick thinking kept the Raiders within kicker Sebastian Janikowski's field-goal range.
Veldheer also committed a holding penalty that almost pushed the Raiders out of Janikowski's range. Janikowski eventually kicked a 30-yard field goal 16 seconds before halftime that made it 24-6.
"It was a new experience, obviously," said Veldheer of his recent conversion from offensive tackle. "I definitely got to get better at some things. There are some opportunities to keep working at things, keep getting better at things. I just look at this as an opportunity to get a lot better for the next game."
"(Fans) were a huge part in the start of that game," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "When offenses can't audible and all of sudden there are some false starts, that's the difference. We so appreciate that. It allowed us to get some things going and get into sync."
The duo finally connected for the only time early in the fourth quarter. By then, the Raiders trailed by 32. The play netted 11 yards and a first down.
Overall, Figurs averaged 21 yards on five kickoff returns and 10 on his lone punt return. He also caught two passes for 17 yards. Johnnie Lee Higgins replaced Figurs on the final two punt returns, and he averaged 6 yards.
"It's always good to do (well) on your own, personal goals and stuff," McClain said, "but, at the end of the day, it's (about) wins and losses, and we lost. So, what I did doesn't really matter."
Gallery said he felt something pop as he chased down Titans safety Chris Hope on an interception return. He is scheduled for further evaluation today.
Figurs (stinger), safeties Hiram Eugene (leg) and Michael Huff (knee), cornerback Chris Johnson (stinger) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) also weren't able to finish the game.