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Final: Raiders 31, Lions 20

Many fans probably didn’t even realize the Raiders had lost six consecutive preseason games, but they’ll remember the night they broke the streak thanks to Terrelle Pryor.

If the Raiders’ coaching staff wasn’t thinking about putting in some specialty packages for the second-year quarterback out of Ohio State, they are now after Pryor led the Raiders to a 31-20 win over the Detroit Lions Saturday at O.co Coliseum.

Pryor scored on a 17-yard run and threw touchdown passes of 40 and 76 yards to rookie Juron Criner in the second half, setting up his scoring run with a 59-yard dash to put Oakland up 17-13 with 30 seconds left in the third quarter.

The extra playing time came because backup quarterback Matt Leinart was held out with a laceration on the index finger of his right hand.

Before giving way to Kyle Newhall-Caballero at the two-minute warning, Pryor was 3-for-5 for 137 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 90 yards on five carries and a touchdown. One of the incompletions came on a drop by Criner which would have resulted in a first down.

Pryor, opened the second half in place of starter Carson Palmer, woke up a sparse crowd on the initial scoring drive, accounting for 76 yards of a 77-yard drive on back to back plays.

On the first run, Pryor rolled to his right, found a lane on third-and-6 and sprinted all the way to the 17-yard line. On the second, he spun out of a a sack attempt, then set sail for the right pylon. He just got there, with the help of a push block from Owen Schmitt.

The touchdown passes to Criner may have been even more impressive, because everyone knew Pryor could run the ball.

On the 40-yard score, Pryor threw the ball high down the right sideline and allowed Criner to do the rest, making a leaping catch and falling into the end zone and scoring.

Moments before, Pryor had an interception negated on an illegal hands-to-the-face penalty on Detroit.

Pryor’s second touchdown came as he broke right and found Criner in stride. Criner caught the ball with his fingertips in stride and raced to the touchdown despite a hold on Detroit.

– The Lions scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kellen Moore to Alex Gottleib with 3:32 left. Detroit drove 69 yards in 10 plays for the score following the second Pryor-to-Criner touchdown.

– Detroit took a 13-10 lead on a 7-yard pass from Shaun Hill to Brandon Pettigrew with 9:33 left in the third quarter.

The score at the end of a 10-play, 72-yard drive was made possible by a roughing the passer penalty on Tommy Kelly on a play which had resulted in an interception by Matt Giordano.

– The Raiders piled up a 247-91 advantage in total offense, had 18 first downs to five for the Lions and had the ball for 18:21 to 11:39 yet held a three-point halftime lead only because Eddy Carmona boomed a 56-yard field goal at the gun.

Palmer orchestrated an eight-play, 34-yard drive in 57 seconds to put Oakland in position after a Detroit punt.

Included was a 5-yard Palmer pass to Rod Streater on third-and-3 to the Oakland 40, a pair of 7-yard passes to Brandon Myers and two 4-yard throws to Jones out of the backfield.

– Palmer was 17 of 26 for 181yards in the first half with two interceptions, although one was a well-thrown ball that bounced out of the hands of wide receiver Eddie McGee and into the hands of linebacker Stephen Tulloch.

The other, a forced screen into traffic that was stolen by defensive end Willie Young at the 7, ended up not being a factor because the Oakland defense held on downs.

Palmer’s best throw was a 41-yard strike to Darrius Heyward-Bey during their first-half scoring drive against Justin Miller. He gave way to Pryor to start the second half.

- Stafford did not return after an injury to his non-throwing hand in the first half, with Hill taking over with 6:18 left in the half. Stafford was 8-for-10 for 68 yards at the time of his departure.

– Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who torched the Raiders for nine receptions, 214 yards and two touchdowns when the teams met last Dec. 18 at the Coliseum, had one reception for seven yards in the first half.

– Sure to attract the attention of the coaching staff during film review were four pre-snap violations in the first quarter, a pair of false starts by right guard Mike Brisiel and neutral zone infractions by defensive ends Matt Shaughnessy and Dave Tollefson.

– Players who made their preseason debut were Jones, tight end Brandon Myers, defensive end Jack Crawford and punter Shane Lechler. Lechler had a modest 41-yard punt on his first attempt.

Lecher’s second punt got better results _ Patrick Edwards called for a fair catch of a 46-yard punt at the Detroit 5-yard line.

Myers caught five passes for 41 yards.

– Those who did not suit up for the Raiders were Leinart, wide receiver Jacoby Ford (foot), wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), linebacker Aaron Curry (knees), center Stefen Wisniewski (calf), tackle Ed Wang (shoulder), tackle Zach Hurd (head) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (rest).

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  • JB

    I watching the game again on tape delay. Wheeler is really proving to be a great addition to our defense. He’s a great tackler too. Hopefully, some of that skill will rub off on other defensive players. Tackling has not been one of our strong suits for many years now.

  • Twinkle

    MistaBrown you are damn right the special teams are a worry.But I’ve figured out the fact that we have to have to have something to worry about.If it was all good then all we would be left with would be conflicting reports of the actual size of Miz Bee’s contributions to this world and who is the latest suspect of MR’s persona or persona’s.

  • Twinkle

    Chemuza Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    From Peter King via Twitter. Do yourself a favor and read it

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/magazine/why-does-anyone-root-for-incompetent-failing-teams.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    This explains all.Thanks for the link dude.Brilliant!!!

  • Breaking_Black

    You guys see the Texans’ Oline making room for Foster to get into the endzone??
    Envious..

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Somebody translate what Twinkle toes just said.

  • 2romes

    I Know Wimbley would be a good fit for the Raider team if not for the money situation.Saying he is not worth the money may be the right move,time will tell. I do like how starting linebackers are playing together and that was a concern of mine. Wheeler is a baller I feel confortable with him on the Raiders starting squad.

    Can Ausberry run? He is a converted wide receiver. I was hoping to see him open things up in the middle. I say lets see what he has to ofter as far as the passing attack with all the starting receivers in the game.

  • Try Some Reality

    Chicken Littles of the blog

    Raiders with 513 yards of total offense. Any questions?

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Houdini aka TP is a beast, but he is not ready to start.

  • Twinkle

    #100.
    Me too.
    Here is something he’ll always have.He was AL’s last pick.No one can ever take that away from him.I know he knows this and (to me anyway) he seems hell bent on making that pick one of Al’s best.God knows he is one athletically gifted dude and with his determination the sky is the limit.If it don’t work out it won’t be for the lack of effort on his part.I just hope the kid never find’s out about the existence of this blog.
    In answer to your question….people hate other people for achieving what they themselves could not.
    Now if you add the fact that the young man is a negro
    ……..then you can fill in the rest yourself.
    Anyway I enjoy your posts….RAIDERS!!

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Raider O Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    Houdini aka TP is a beast, but he is not ready to start.

    ========================================

    Remember that TP had his awesome night vs. a preseason defense. Nobody gameplans for a specific player or team until the regular season starts. If TP were playing against a defense specifically designed to stop him (in other words, a D that dusted off the Michael Vick rules from 2005-2006), it would probably be a different story.

  • PlunkforHOF

    My feelings about Pryor changed tonite from “meh” to “this kid really does have some mad skills”. Both TP and Taiwan looked ridiculously fast.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Try Some Reality Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 8:48 pm
    Chicken Littles of the blog

    Raiders with 513 yards of total offense. Any questions?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    You do realize you win games by scoring more than your opponent and not by accumulating more yards?

  • redshirt

    99.

    Great read.

  • 2romes

    I am happy for TP also. In order for TP to continue to develop the oline must continue to maintain their blocks and not treat TP like a scrabbling or running QB.To make him a complete QB he must make some plays stepping up in the pocket.If he wants to stay in the NFL he must continue to throw the ball like he did today. Good job today TP!!!!

  • DJ Johnny

    Pryor surprised me with what he did tonight.

    I’m happy for him. Happy for us. Seeing him run like a gazelle down the field and then escape that sack and get the td? Good stuff.

    Not much love for Criner on the blog. He didn’t look slow to me.He finally looked the guy we heard about.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RaiderDuck Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 8:55 pm
    Raider O Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    Houdini aka TP is a beast, but he is not ready to start.

    ========================================

    Remember that TP had his awesome night vs. a preseason defense. Nobody gameplans for a specific player or team until the regular season starts. If TP were playing against a defense specifically designed to stop him (in other words, a D that dusted off the Michael Vick rules from 2005-2006), it would probably be a different story.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$
    1- he is not a starter. He is our 3rd string QB. lol
    2- did you watch the game, and did you notice that he improved he footwork and mechanics?
    What more do you want from a 3rd string QB? The guy was perfect tonight, and his 2 incompletions were drops by the backup FB and Criner.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    His* footwork……

  • redshirt

    110.

    Even good Ds with a gameplan can get juked and miss tackles. Just sayin….

  • DJ Johnny

    If ANY game “matters” in the preseason it’s THIS one. Everybody knows that, and the Raiders kicked some major azz tonight.

    Detroit is a good team.

    We may be better.

  • No Mas Diamante

    TP’s confidence will go thru the roof now. He could be everything JR was supposed to be, and more…

  • Twinkle

    MistaBrown Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Somebody translate what Twinkle toes just said.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++
    If team is all good = nothing to talk about.
    Revert to the size of Miss Beechams latest sh!t. Or
    Who is the latest person suspected of being Sullies latest puppet? If that’s confusing for you then I’m fluent in Deutsch but other than that I cannot help you.

  • No Mas Diamante

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 8:57 pm
    My feelings about Pryor changed tonite from “meh” to “this kid really does have some mad skills”. Both TP and Taiwan looked ridiculously fast.

    ——————————————–

    Yes they did. Coaches all over the afc west just puckered a little bit.

  • redshirt

    JaWalruss was plain awful. Can we just leave it at that?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Is there anybody that will defend palmers putrid turn overs? He is awful & getting worse. I hold my breath & cringe every time he drops back to pass.

    He now has the dubious distinction of throwing 20 PICKS IN 12 starts!!!!!!

    That is horrendous!!!

    Pryor showed major improvement & silenced his critics.

    When Palmer flames out look for Pryor to start the last few games of the year.
    Now it is clear why I said let Pryor & Palmer take all of the reps!!

    Palmer stinks & Pryor has major upside

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Look, Pryor has a long way to go, that’s obvious.

    But tonight was a glimpse of his potential.

    Remember the kid is more of a rookie than players drafted this year, those guys actually played football in 2011, TP over the past 20 months has played what barely amounts to 1 pre-season game.

    TP is getting a little better every day, just like DA said he expected from him, as a 23 years old with superior athleticism and drive, he’s well worth waiting for.

  • purvisman

    Anybody else like this game?

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    If TP imprioves his pocket game the defense will be forced to defend the entire field and then his legs will become even more of a weapon. We have a Qb of the future who doesnt have to play right now. A very sweet setup we havent had since Plunkett came off the bench. See Rogers/Favre.

  • Raider Debo

    Black Qb’s are just better….PERIOD!

    There’s only one sport black athletes don’t dominate and thatll change soon enough.

    You can talk about Tom Brady and Peyton all u wnat but Jamarcus was the best qb never to to get a chance.

    Pryor should be starting NOW…NOT November…NOW!!!

    Everytime I see or hear announcers praising white qb’s it makes me wanna throw up.

    Look at the numbers.

    You all dont know your buts from a whole in the ground.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    My man B is going to have to set his pride aside and give TP props!
    He was a harsh critic of Pryor when we drafted him.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Nice run D. Tonight. Longest run was 8 yards I believe. Good db play as well. But who was covering the TE’s? Loose….

  • redshirt

    somebody’s bitter

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Debo you are an imbecile with your racial BS.
    D-bag

  • No Mas Diamante

    Put down the pipe debo…

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Enjoy the rest of your night fellas, I’m out.

  • Twinkle

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Is there anybody that will defend palmers putrid turn overs?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Let me.His turnovers are not putrid…….they are just turnovers.Welcome MR……I’m happy that our third string QB’s growth is a concern of yours.But I digress…
    As far as I am aware Palmer is 0-0 this season with 0 yards,0 completions,0 fumbles….I’m sure you get my drift….Your concern is touching and we will get on the phone and let Carson know that important people believe that he could do better and we are letting him know just in case that this had not occurred to him.
    Covered it all I believe….now you can go back to SD and let everyone know that you have corrected a gregarious problem within the Oakland Raiders organization and wont be needing to show up on this blog again.Thank you though for your input…not sure how we managed without it.

  • Twinkle

    purvisman Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Anybody else like this game?
    ++++++++++++++
    Que?

  • purvisman

    Im sorry, I can’t find the Idiot bastard
    childs lame ramblings about who we should be cutting because they can’t throw or catch at an NFL level. Or run for that matter. where are the nay sayers.

  • No Mas Diamante

    “”"”The Lions didn’t baby Leshoure in his return, giving him six carries (one called back by a penalty) and a few looks on passes during his stretch with the starting offense. Leshoure only gained one yard behind an offensive line that had problem clearing holes against Oakland, but he didn’t get hurt.”"”"

    “”"”"”"”"”"”
    Stout…

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Raider O Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    2- did you watch the game, and did you notice that he improved he footwork and mechanics?
    What more do you want from a 3rd string QB? The guy was perfect tonight, and his 2 incompletions were drops by the backup FB and Criner.

    ========================================

    Did not watch the game. Boss does not approve of vipbox or frontrow on company computers. I’ll try to catch the replay tomorrow night.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Bob Marley Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:13 pm
    Look, Pryor has a long way to go, that’s obvious.

    But tonight was a glimpse of his potential.

    Remember the kid is more of a rookie than players drafted this year, those guys actually played football in 2011, TP over the past 20 months has played what barely amounts to 1 pre-season game.

    TP is getting a little better every day, just like DA said he expected from him, as a 23 years old with superior athleticism and drive, he’s well worth waiting for.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Well said.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RaiderDuck Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:27 pm
    Raider O Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    2- did you watch the game, and did you notice that he improved he footwork and mechanics?
    What more do you want from a 3rd string QB? The guy was perfect tonight, and his 2 incompletions were drops by the backup FB and Criner.

    ========================================

    Did not watch the game. Boss does not approve of vipbox or frontrow on company computers. I’ll try to catch the replay tomorrow night.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I think it’s on NFLN tomorrow at 8pm. Enjoy.

  • Kamikaze_Sensei

    Funny how no one remembers how poorly TP played the first two games. Way too soon to be calling for him to start. Only an immature fan would rush to conclusions that fast. He’s not consistent enough to be relied on every week.

    As for Palmer, I’m withholding judgment until the first few regular season games. If he does poorly there, then we’ll have cause for concern.

  • 2romes

    Why do I here all the time rookies, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, string players need reps in preseason. From what I see coaches are many times running out the clock instead of letting these player showcase their talents from lack of exposure.

  • Twinkle

    Oh I’m sorry.You must be mistaking this for a RAIDER fan blog.
    Anyhoo welcome…and Here I was expecting us to be on the losing end…AWESOME game.

  • Twinkle

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    “”””The Lions didn’t baby Leshoure in his return, giving him six carries (one called back by a penalty) and a few looks on passes during his stretch with the starting offense. Leshoure only gained one yard behind an offensive line that had problem clearing holes against Oakland, but he didn’t get hurt.””””

    “”””””””””””
    Stout…
    +++++++++++++++++
    No sarcasm right?funny as hell.

  • Crimedog

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur
    One more thing on Pryor. Besides losing both his dad & his mentor in past month, Pryor’s Rottweiler — “my best friend” — also just died

  • Rezinator

    Well said marley, we saw the potential of a lot of young talent tonight (tjones, rstreater, criner, pryor, etc.).

    Excited about season opener, gonna be in the stands!

  • Twinkle

    Has anyone else been watching the Oline and what it will take for the backups to make this team?They will have to be conversant at both sides of line.You have to be able to play left and right tackle/guard to make this team.
    Not asking for much are we?
    How did Alex Parsons do?He was invisible to Greg and Tom
    so I guess he did fine.

  • Twinkle

    Crimedog Says:
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur
    One more thing on Pryor. Besides losing both his dad & his mentor in past month, Pryor’s Rottweiler — “my best friend” — also just died
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    you have got to kidding…..man what did this kid do?

  • Twinkle

    *be