Sunday was the kickoff to the NFL season and the Raiders traveled to Indianapolis and lost, 21-17. Colts QB Andrew Luck scrambled 19 yards for the winning touchdown with a little over 5 minutes to play.
Despite losing, Oakland showed they are an improved team and there is reason to believe they can be a force to be reckoned with in the AFC West. In his 2nd career start, Terrelle Pryor completed 19 of 29 passes for 217 yards and a TD. He also threw 2 costly interceptions (1 in the first half and the other at the end of the game on the last drive).
Pryor showcased his ability to run the ball as well, running 13 times for 112 yards. Pryor tied the record for most rushing yards in a single game (Rich Gannon set the record). The Indianapolis defense had difficulty containing Pryor and at the end, they seemed completely gassed and out of breath.
Pryor’s costly mistakes were crucial to a possible win, especially the interception on the last drive. They were moving the ball easily. He also took a costly sack on the last series when he should have thrown the ball out of bounds, but this is all part of the plan to see what Pryor can do and see if he is the QB of the future. Or not. But, Sunday he certainly looked like he gives Oakland a better chance to compete than Matt Flynn. Pryor was running from sideline to sideline to buy time to find an open receiver.
“I’m disappointed in myself,” Pryor told ESPN. “This is loss is on me. “At the end of the day, I threw the ball away. I did awful, I thought.”
The Oakland defense hounded Luck all game and was able to get to him almost at will. Luck was sacked 4 times and hit 8 times, but he completed 18 of 23 passes for 178 yards, including 2 TD passes. But, he didn’t have any turnovers and ran the ball 6 times for 38 yards. He was the better QB on Sunday, he was clearly more experienced and polished.
Next up, the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to the Black Hole. The Jags were embarrassed in a 28-2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The Raiders need this win or it could be the beginning of a very long season.
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