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Final: Seahawks 22, Raiders 6

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, August 29th, 2013 at 9:50 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Terrelle Pryor failed to make coach Dennis Allen’s decision on a starting quarterback any easier Thursday night.

Pryor showed the running skills that make him such an intriguing option but struggled with his passing in a 22-6 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason finale for both teams at CenturyLink Field.

The Raiders, 1-3 in the preseason, managed only field goals of 45 and 37 yards from Justin Medlock with Pryor at quarterback in the first half and looked to be a team a long way from finding itself with the regular-season opener in Indianapolis looming Sept. 8.

Seattle, 4-0, passed at will for much of the night against Raiders starters and reserves.

Chances are that before Allen makes the call on whether Pryor or sore-armed Matt Flynn is the starting quarterback, he’ll first turn his attention to cutting 22 players from the roster to the mandatory 53 on Saturday.

Pryor’s time was limited because the Raiders couldn’t move the ball and the defense couldn’t stop Seattle. Part of the reason Oakland had a 20:24 to 9:36 disadvantage in time of possession was the inability to get first downs through the air.

Starting quarterback Russell Wilson completed 3 of 3 passes for 68 yards ins setting up a 2-yard run by Robert Turbin on the opening drive, then took the rest of the night off. Backup Tarvaris Jackon was 12-for-17 for 199 yards and got the Seahawks in position for three field goals by Steven Hauscka.

Hauscka ended up kicking five field goals from distances of 56, 22, 51, 43 and 53 yards.

When the first half ended, Pryor was 3 of 8 for 31 yards and one interception with a miniscule passer rating of 9.9. The good things Pryor did came with his legs, as he set up Medlock’s first field goal with a 25-yard scramble and added a 17-yard bootleg late in the second half to help set up the second one.

Pryor’s last drive, although it produced points, came in an unusual two-minute drill which found the Raiders driving 61 yards for three points and failed to gain even a yard through the air.

After Hauschka kicked the third of three first-half field goals for a 16-3 lead, the Raiders took over at their own 20 with 3:59 left.

Rashad Jennings promptly ripped of runs of 9 and 32 yards to the Seattle 39. On first-and-10, Pryor, with the line blocking, right, took off on a bootleg to his left for 17 yards to the Seattle 22.

Following a 2-yard run by Jennings, the Seahawks failed to fall for a Pryor playfake, with Jeron Johnson and Bruce Irvin forcing him out of bounds for a 5-yard loss. Pryor scrambled for six yards on 1-and-13, with Medlock coming in for the conversion.

There was precious little for Raider fans to be optimistic about, but Oakland was stout against the run in the first half, holding Seattle to 34 yards on 17 carries, with Pat Sims often playing behind the line and disrupting Seahawks blocking schemes.

Left tackle Menelik Watson, playing into the third quarter in his first game as a left tackle after just one padded practice, had no penalties and no glaring errors. . One of the two sacks of Pryor came to Watson’s side on a play where the quarterback ran into the pressure.

– Jennings had 53 yards on six carries in the first half, with Allen opting to rest Darren McFadden for the final preseason game. Also sitting it out was free safety Charles Woodson. Young was in coverage when Wilson threw a 50-yard pass to Stephen Williams on the first drive.

– Wide receiver Brice Butler did not make the trip because of a hamstring injury and Sio Moore, bothered by a toe injury of late, also did not play.

– Mike Brisiel, who has struggled with his knee of late, played as the second-team right guard in the second half behind starter Lucas Nix.

– Rookie defensive end David Bass, a seventh-round draft pick, got good pressure and had one sack erased by a defensive holding penalty by linebacker Kaelin Burnett.

x– It was the eighth consecutive year the Raiders have ended the preseason against the Seahawks. Seattle has won seven times, with the only Raiders win coming 23-16 in the only game played between the two teams in Oakland in 2010.

– In the first half of last three preseason games, the Raiders have scored 16 points.

– Former Raiders special teams standout Derrick Jensen was honored as the “`12th Man’’ by the Seahawks before the game and was also given a framed Raiders jersey with his No. 31.

A member of the Seahawks scouting staff for 21 years before his retirement, Jensen is best remembered as a Raider for blocking a punt and recovering it for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.

Jensen was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 2011 and was honored at a function Wednesday night that included former teammates such as quarterback Jim Plunkett.

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  • rediaR

    Just give it to King imo.

  • oklahomaRaider18

    Actually Reggie Smiths been in for 6yrs….played with the 49ers n Panthers….

  • Dakota

    lol, take your meds and go to bed MR.

    Night all!

  • rediaR

    Raider E Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:21 pm
    Reggie Smith made some noise, but I don’t think he will make the 53.

    Osama has the exp. on him. I think he will be on the PS.

    He looked like a player tonite though.
    ———————–
    Reggie can’t be PS.

  • SpudRaider

    Zymurge & Seymour Bush

    I don’t know I guess I could be thinking the play in the 4th… If I watch the game again I’ll try to identify where in the game.

    Gotta pack it in for the night…you boys keep it quite & don’t wake your sister.

  • GhostTooThePost

    Ugly.
    Just ugly.
    Said it weeks ago.
    We do NOT have our qb of the future on this team.
    Anyone who predicts 4 wins is a damn moron.
    Take your head out of your ass, because 2 wins would be a coup.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    wow. “take your meds”. So witty, Dakota.

  • nycraider

    Flynn has not been in the red zone once this preseason. Even when pryor didnt play his best he still managed 50% of his possessions to end up in the redzone. IF DA chooses Flynn i will be disappointed but not surprised.

  • The_Judge37

    Sounds like King is the best option, so i guess that means we’re going with Kluwe

    FML!

  • RaiderRetribution

    Forty Locks:

    QB Pryor Flynn
    RB McFadden Jennings
    FB Reece Olawale
    TE Kasa Rivera
    OT Watson Barnes Vehldeer (iR w/return)
    G Nix Bergstrom
    C Wisniewski Gurode
    WR Streater Moore Butler Ford (KR)
    STs Janokowski Condo
    DE Houston Hunter Bass
    DT Sims McGee
    LB Sio Roach Maiava
    S Woodson Branch Young Smith Ross (also nickel cb)
    CB Hayden (starts) Jenkins Porter Chekwa Jones (gunner)

    Plus a punter

    40/53 man roster

    We know there will be at least 22 cut

    We will keep four tightends, just not sure which other two, probably Mastrud & Ausberry, but wouldn’t be surprised if Gordon or Leonhardt is kept.

    I see us picking up at least one DLinemen and one OLinemen.

  • http://raiderettes.com MR..realest of the real, stickiest of the icky

    Gonna sleep with your Colts jersey on tonight, Dakota? Before you wipe your feet on your American flag door mat?

  • oklahomaRaider18

    Thats right maybe its his 5th year…I think we keep Reggie Smith!! He can play corner, Safety, Punt Returner…way more versatile than Usama Young.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    The_Judge37 Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:21 pm
    Let’s not ignore the most important position going into tonight… Who won the punting battle?

    ====

    Think it’s any coincidence that the Seabass replacement was a lefty? They wanted to see how the holders do without using the side switch excuse.

  • GhostTooThePost

    LMAO.
    Slob just got laughed off the radio.
    Both hosts choked up and laughed at the idiot.
    He actually mentioned flynn along side Roth, Brady, other stars, and immediately got reamed. Moron tried to state that Flynn deserved to be mentioned in the same mode, and again got laughed at, where host yelled “HE’S ONLY PLAYED IN TWO GAMES. HOW CAN YOU EVEN STATE HE’S ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THEM?”
    In the middle of laughing at him, dumped him, LOL.

    What a slow ass.

  • Raider E

    Shows how much i know lol :)

    No wonder he was the only one whoo looked like he belonged out there at times.

  • nycraider

    i think we can go without a punt returner bc we will rarely get the other team to punt. worst d unit ive seen coming out of camp ever. but maybe RM has a plan or maybe tarvers gameplan changes everything..hmmmm

  • The_Judge37

    313.Zymurge Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:27 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:21 pm
    Let’s not ignore the most important position going into tonight… Who won the punting battle?

    ====

    Think it’s any coincidence that the Seabass replacement was a lefty? They wanted to see how the holders do without using the side switch excuse.
    —-

    N.S.S

  • rediaR

    Porter is our NB. Not so sure we keep 5 safeties. It could happen, but Smith is no lock.

  • oklahomaRaider18

    Boomer Sooners!!! Hope we pick up some guard help!!

  • Raider E

    Reggie Smith was in and out of the game from the 1st to the 4th though, so they were taking a long look for sure.

  • The_Judge37

    316.nycraider Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:28 pm
    i think we can go without a punt returner bc we will rarely get the other team to punt. worst d unit ive seen coming out of camp ever. but maybe RM has a plan or maybe tarvers gameplan changes everything..hmmmm
    —–

    You must mean Punt RETURNER, because a Punter will be very important when we go 3nOut 30 times a game.

    Wish we had a Perennial Pro Bowler at that position who was reliable.

  • nycraider

    being 6-8 mil under the cap, RM gonna be aggressive going after waiver wire players right?

  • The_Judge37

    I don’t understand how anybody could be ok with what Mark, Reggie and Allen are doing to this Franchise.

  • RaiderRetribution

    I think both Robinson & Bass make the roster.

    Reggie knows we are far from a superbowl contender, so Bo with the youth, no guarantees we will be able to draft Clowney.

    I would not be surprised if Carter and both Burnetts are cut.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    Nycraider Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:28 pm
    i think we can go without a punt returner bc we will rarely get the other team to punt. worst d unit ive seen coming out of camp ever. but maybe RM has a plan or maybe tarvers gameplan changes everything..hmmmm

    ===

    That’s funny, not because it’s humorous but because it’s true.

    On the other hand, the Raiders kick return unit should get an inordinate amount of reps this season. Could be the strength of the team by midseason and maybe the best part of the offense. Ford might have more yards returning than the top WR has receiving.

  • RaiderKenny24

    Folks seem to think that the Raiders have some awesome West Coast offense executing QB playing lights out with the same patchwork o-line and same butterfinger recieving core. No. Not Flynn, nor McGloin,nor Wilson nor Pryor is that guy. Here is what any non “QB” biased Raider fan sees.

    Pryor – ability to make plays on a team that lacks playmakers (Greg Olsen agrees) on both sides of the ball. A limited young QB that can create 3rd down ops via the pass or the run. Folks want something to watch when the 20-0 1st quarter deficits pile up. So the mob will get ornery IMO if Pryor is on the bench while the offense sputters with any of the other QB’s.

    Flynn – a guy who had his chance last year,didn’t play good during the pre-season this year (for an annointed pre-camp starter) and at the moment has a bum elbow but a fat contract.

    Allen – a coach who is making it real hard for any Raider fan to be patient during this rebuild. First off the D looks the same as it always has. Still missing tackles,still getting gashed on third down,still falling for those stupid bootlegs that Shanarat used to run during his time with Denver.

    I hope Allen may have learned under John Fox with his time on the staff of the Broncs 2011 season. They collectively made a switch to Tebow and a trimmed down offense to win anyway possible,and win they did. All the way to an improbable playoff win over the Steelers. With Tebow.

    Does Allen have the guts to make the call to get with Olsen and incrementally design a true read option offense that can hide the weaknesses (o-line,lack of one on one playmakers) when the losses pile up? And will those losses be of the 1 to 7 point variety with a team that is battling all game,or are they gonna be blown out in the first half of games just like last year and this pre-season?

    Allen and his staff are under the same amount of evaluation/scrutiny that Flynn or Pryor or the defensive starters have been so far. This will be a theme all season long I think.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoi_wwzbtQ Zymurge

    The_Judge37 Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:29 pm
    313.Zymurge Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:27 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:21 pm
    Let’s not ignore the most important position going into tonight… Who won the punting battle?

    ====

    Think it’s any coincidence that the Seabass replacement was a lefty? They wanted to see how the holders do without using the side switch excuse.
    —-

    N.S.S

    ===

    F.O.W.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Ross is Porter’s backup at nickel, so basically he is our 4th CB as well as our 4th S.

    This allows us to keep 5 safeties, Ross is listed as CB on the roster, but if I recall he is listed as a safety on the depth chart.

  • Priesttj12

    Kirk Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:12 pm
    Seattle ran the same counter play 8 times, and it worked every single time.

    Am I the only one who sees this as a bigger problem?
    *****************************************
    Yeah Pryor’s pick overshadowed everything. If these fans are going to crucify this kid everytime he throws a pick. They’re going wear themselves out.

    Pryor is playing on a very young immature team and he himself is very young. There will be some severe struggles. I thought people understood that.

    Looking at this defense is scary this is why I said earlier 9 new starters will take all year to come together. The same is true with whomever was going to start at QB. The reason I love Pryor is what he can become NOT what he is NOW!

    If your not going to allow him the opportunity to grow then why do we have all inexperienced QB’s. You should’ve kept Palmer. Pryor will struggle until he gets his feet under him if fans can’t accept that. Then you’re going to hate watching thsi team because we do NOT have an experienced QB………period

    If Flynn were starting do you really think he would play like a 10 year vet? Get a clue!

    This is gonna be painful growing pains, because our WR’s TE’s RB’s and QB’s are relatively YOUNG.

    EXACTLY what did you expect??

    I’m just extremely glad we have a kid with Pryor’s talent to go through this with. I would hate to deal with this watching Matt Flynn check the ball down all day. Give these kids a chance to play together.

  • RaiderRetribution

    From a business decision based on selling tickets and filling seats with fans, Pryor needs to be the starter, although Flynn is a better passer.

  • RaiderRetribution

    I expect 28 cuts down to 47 with a half dozen FAs signed.

  • Bigmike34

    Raider

    Pryor is NOT and NEVER will be an NFL QB…Yes he is an exciting Runner….But QBs need to manage the game and PASS…Pryor would be a natural as a slot back or WR…and that is where he needs to be….I guarantee you If he was on a team like Seattle or New England they would not be wasting their time trying to turn him into something he is NOT…a QB…It is moronic to try and Teach a Pig how to sing….We need to start converting him immediately….or Test the Trade waters …There is always teams conceded enough to think they can turn your Grandma into a QB…and those are the teams without a Quality QB and to add insult to injury are always looking for another grandma…

    With our, Not too Bad of a Defense, and a promising Young Left Offensive Tackle and an improving Offensive line that allows us to RUN and with Flynn we have a chance to begin the journey back to respectability

    Flynn is a very good passer….Understands the game inside out…and when we start to do actual game planning, which begins now, you will see another side of Flynn….He is a natural leader…He has come out of the best QB school there is in Green Bay and has worked in the QB room with Aaron Rodgers for 4 years 8 hours a day studying film and getting ready for games.

    In his two starts he has racked up big numbers….in his second start he went against a good Detroit team and set Green Bay single game records with 6 passing TDs and 480 Yards Passing….

    Flynn is a REAL QB…Our back-up QBs can learn a lot from him just spending the time in the QB room learning how to Study for an opponent..

    Pryor is a wonderful Athlete trying to excel in a position he just is not suited to….THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GOOD QB WHO CAN’T PASS…BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF TREMENDOUS WR AND SLOT BACKS WITH LESS NATURAL ABILITY THEN PRYOR HAS.

  • Bigmike34

    HERE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE UNINFORMED bs COMING OUT OF THE PRYOR CAMP….People who just will say anything but don’t know what they are talking about
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    nycraider Says:
    August 29th, 2013 at 11:24 pm
    Flynn has not been in the red zone once this preseason
    ==============================================

    nycraider…I’ll ask one question…how did Flynn throw a 18 yard TD pass and not be in the RED ZONE????….Time to put up or shut up

  • Bigmike34

    Folks

    Try to remember there is really no game planning for these Games (especially the last pre-season game)

    When the Season Starts in Our next Game…our Opponent will have been broken down…Their good and their bad…and we will have a plan to go after them…Last night we were looking at where we are Individually who stays and who goes…

    As you saw Seattle is Very good….and I thought our Defense played very well against what is surly a S.B. Candidate…We are not there Yet…but it is encouraging to know SEATTLE got from Middle of the pack to where they are today in 3 years…We can do that to..

    Pryor had a Clear Chance to become our Starter even though Flynn had outplayed him in two of the first 3 Preseason ….PRYOR COULD NOT GET IT DONE…DID NOT LOOK LIKE A QB AND DID NOT PERFORM LIKE A QB….

    One example….Seattle’s Wilson is often forced out of the pocket because he is very short when he is forced out he is Always looking down field to find an open receiver…his head is always up …and he does not go into a truly running mode until he crosses the line of scrimmage.. Pryor focuses on Running he looks for holes to run through….but….More often then not he is committed to running up field and he is good at it….Wilson is committed to the pass and running is his last option…Wilson is a REAL QB…Pryor is not..

  • Bigmike34

    QB rating’s for our QBs

    Wilson (80.2)…8/12…65 yards

    M. McGloin…(86.0)…5/7..41 yards..

    T. Pryor…(9.9)…3/8…38 yards.
    ====================================================
    I think McGloin is ahead of Wilson…and both seem to have a lot of upside…

    Pryor needs to be a WR…

  • Zubenelgenubi

    Alpha Libra

  • Bishop916

    …the balls that were dropped by the receivers were good throws, unlike M.Flynn who was throwing everywhere but to the receivers… The INT was not a good showing by the receiver. If you count the DROPS Pryor goes 5-8 for some decent yardage, extended drives, etc. If J.Ford actually looks for the rock instead of letting it get grabbed, now Pryor has 6-8 for even better yardage. Plus he can run for first downs, TD’s etc.

    Pryor has to start.

  • Bigmike34

    Bishop

    Please if you don’t know what you are talking about don’t make us look at your foolishness …Flynn has a 70% completion rate…Pryor less then a 50 Rate….throwing to the same guys…

    Stupid excuses by YOU do not make Pryor Better…He is what he is….A potentially great WR NOT A QB

  • Bigmike34

    Bishop

    Sorry I should have been more precise…Flynn has a 70.3% completion Rate…..19/27

    Pryor has a 53.13% completion Rate 17/32 He really is not a good accurate passer…but his complete rate has improved from last year when it was in the 47% area

    NOTE: Pryor “until Yesterday” has had the advantage of playing against 2ond and 3rd stringers…Flynn has been going against the #1s

  • AbusedByAl

    I have the feeling this season will stink again. But we are used to it, aren’t we?