Scott and Fallon: Game ball to Woodson; Pryor impresses again
Terrelle Pryor's final stat line Sunday night: 18-for-23, 221 yards, 2 TD, 11 rushes, 31 yards. (AP)
OAKLAND – Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor started scalding hot and showed solid progress in his second victory of this young season.
Maybe the Raiders should show interest in a veteran quarterback every week. The team went after veteran Josh Freeman – they lost out to Minnesota – but Pryor proved the Raiders don't need anyone else. He played well. He played smart. He beat a quality opponent with his arm. Positive steps to be sure.
Pryor’s fingerprints were all over the Raiders’ 27-17 victory over the rival San Diego Chargers, which again raised the bar for his quarterback play. He improves each week, and his entertaining style makes the Raiders must-see TV.
The kid played his third straight turnover free game. His quarterback rating: a whopping 135.7.
Pryor once again proved shifty and quick, but placed greater emphasis on making quality passes on the move, rarely settling for the tuck and run.
The 24-year old has shown increased accuracy and decision making, which was evident during an excellent start. Pryor didn’t throw an incompletion until late in the second quarter. He had completed 10 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns at that point and helped the Raiders build a lead they desperately needed down the stretch.
He finished with 221 yards, and despite cooling off in the second half, he orchestrated a vital field-goal drive in the fourth quarter that ate clock and made it a two-score lead.
“We took our foot off the gas in the second half, which we can’t afford to do,” Pryor said. “But it was nice to come through with a scoring drive when we simply had to have it.”
Pryor kept producing despite porous pass protection. His running threat kept rushers at bay, buying time to make plays downfield.
“Terrelle brings that ability when things aren’t right, when things break down, he brings the ability to go and make the play,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I thought he made some outstanding plays in the game being able to get out of the pocket and still be able to get the ball down the field. So I was pleased with the way that Terrelle played. I thought he started the game out about as good as you can start out. I thought he threw the ball well. He got us in and out of the huddle, got us in the right plays. He did a nice job.”
In regards to his bosses courting Freeman and whether it fueled him Sunday night, Pryor didn’t say much. He acknowledged he heard about the Raiders’ interest, but little else.
“I heard some of it, and at the end of the day I really can’t control what I can’t control,” Pryor said. “Whatever happens happens. I’ll still come to work. No one’s going to work harder than me. I try not to focus on things I can’t control. That’s it on that one.”