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Raiders let one get away

The Raiders went from perceived as light years from contention to a play away from being in the national spotlight.

Instead, the Raiders self-destructed when it mattered most Sunday in a 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts before 65,412 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium.

With first-and-goal at the 8-yard line and 1:13 to play the Colts finally managed to sack Terrelle Pryor, with Robert Mathis chasing him down for a 16-yard loss that put the Raiders in a goal-to-go situation from the 24-yard line.

Two plays later, Pryor was intercepted by Antoine Bethea _ just as he was intercepted by Greg Toler in the end zone on the Raiders’ first possession _ and the Colts had escaped despite generally being outplayed after going up 14-0 in early in the second quarter and threatening to make it a runaway.

“For us to start off down 14-0 and battle back the way we did and take the lead shows a lot about the characters of the guys we have in the room,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “There are no moral victories in the NFL and we competed, but we didn’t get the thing done.’’

In the end, Luck’s 14-yard scramble through a wide open middle with 5:20 to play stood up as the winning points. He completed 18 of 23 passes for 178 yards and touchdowns of 12 yards to Reggie Wayne and 20 yards to Dwayne Allen and had no turnovers.

Luck was the more polished and efficient quarterback, but ended up praising Pryor, whom he called a “stud.’’

Allen did what he could to keep the identity of his starting quarterback for the opener a secret, but after Pryor completed 19 of 29 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 112 yards on 13 carries, there will be no such drama this week.

The rushing figure was a single-game franchise record for a quarterback.

Pryor’s own self-assessment was harsh. He called his performance “awful’’ and said of the sack at the 8-yard line, “I’ve got to throw the ball away. I’ve made the same mistake before and I can’t do that.’’

Still, Pryor had the Raiders in position to win against an opponent that won 11 games last season, and his supporting cast looked nothing like the team supposedly so short of talent and salary cap space it is couldn’t possibly compete with the upper eschelon of the NFL.

“If we just went on what the experts say, there would be no need for an NFL season,’’ cornerback Tracy Porter said. “We’d just go off the so-called gurus.’’

Instead, the Raiders out-gained the Colts 372-274, had two more first downs and were on the verge of sending the home crowd home in shock after Pryor got the Raiders to the 8 with a 41-yard pass to a wide open Jeron Mastrud and a 21-yard strike to Moore.

“Shoot, you look back at the first half, if we kick a field goal at the end of the half and don’t have that pick on the first drive and a get a field goal, we’re lining up and kicking it for the win,’’ center Stefen Wisniewski said. “It’s a loss, so it’s tough. But we’re certainly very close against a good opponent. It’s a good sign.’’

After the Colts went up 14-0, Pryor directed an 89-yard 11-play drive which included runs of 29, 13 and 9 yards, with Darren McFadden eventually scoring from the 1-yard line.

“They did a nice job with their scheme,’’ Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano said. “And then when they drop back to pass and you think you’ve got him, we talked about keeping him in the pocket and contained. Those things are easier said than done.’’

While the defense was figuring out how to slow down Luck, the Raiders had two more possessions in the first half that looked promising but yielded no points. On the first, Pryor missed a potential big-play first down on third-and-1 to Marcel Reece, forcing a punt by Marquette King.

On the second, the Raiders made it the 30-yard line and Sebastian Janikowski missed a 48-yard field goal attempt after playing the entire 2012 season without missing an attempt inside the 50-yard line.

“We feel like we’ve got good players,’’ free safety Charles Woodson said. “We feel like if we put it together we’ll be able to go out there and stand with anybody toe to toe. We had a chance to win, we just didn’t pull it out.’’

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • beach

    I don’t see anybody celebrating the loss. We fought a very tough team on the road in a 10:00 start in a dome. We have the worst roster “on paper.” Sorry, but you are not being fair.

  • Marks hair

    6 clean out of 30 something pass plays…

  • raidertalk

    The trolls are like the Flynn.

    Poor delivery
    Most of the Raider nation hates them
    Probably run out of Washington state
    Scared deer-in-headlights look out of their homes
    Nobody cares about them anymore

  • Marks hair

    I answered you way way back rob so just stop

  • alex7

    Dang MR

    Washington is better than Indy. Much better running game, QB is just as good, D is solid, better pass rushers.

    Not feeling that win prediction or the wins vs Dallas, Denver, or Pittsburgh.

    Lebeau’s confusing D will own Pryor. And Steelers won’t score single-digit points like they did this week. But yeah, I can see 6 or 7 wins. Unless this was Pryor’s career game :)

  • beach

    Raid0, 1 game at a time. I may be feeling a little better next Sunday night. :)

  • the famous dr robert

    Beach Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:28 pm
    I don’t see anybody celebrating the loss. We fought a very tough team on the road in a 10:00 start in a dome. We have the worst roster “on paper.” Sorry, but you are not being fair.
    ************
    most of the posters in here are acting like it was an awesome performance and they’re giddy with “possibilities”.

    i see a BLOWN game. i have higher standards i guess.

    they call me a non-raider fan cuz i don’t blindly accept poor play.

    why should i?

  • beach

    Pittsburgh sucks and we will waste them.

  • the famous dr robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:29 pm
    I answered you way way back rob so just stop
    *******

    about? i didn’t see it.

  • alex7

    geez Mark. You’re difficult to talk football with because you’re too absolute but in the wrong direction.

    I point out 6 off the top of my head. You can’t point out 6 where he had actual pressure in his face. You’re just going to say something silly like “all those runs were forced by pressure.”

    Even though Gannon and anyone with a brain saw Pryor often make one single read and then take off.

  • beach

    I just think you are not being fair under the current state of the team; that’s my point Dr. Robert. Give TP a chance.

  • the famous dr robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 10:55 pm
    no need for excuses this was his second start in his third offense and he looked solid.. moved the ball made a few plays made a few clutch third downs.. he also had some major mistakes, but that’s why you play a guy that’s why you develop him..

    the only other option was to play Flynn and he would have been sacked at least 10 times.

    clearly this is pryors time to show if he can develop over the course of the season and become a franchise quarterback.
    ********

    where do u answer my question?

  • elboocho

    Alex7

    You keep holding onto that rope because it was cut after the 3rd. pre-season game, ans BTW he did throw a INT or two in pre-season.

  • RaidO

    Beach Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:30 pm
    Raid0, 1 game at a time. I may be feeling a little better next Sunday night. :)
    —————————–

    Denver looks solid. Everybody else is a “?” or winnable game. None of the defenses are “scary”

  • alex7

    beach

    does every team that lost today suck?

    Pittsburgh still has a little more talent than we do, even though they’re in decline, and Pryor vs Dick LeBeau will be UGLY.

    Remember how JC looked against the Steelers? When Pryor stays in the pocket, it’ll be similar. ANd I’m not expecting 100 yards too often from Pryor.

  • beach

    Flynn was beyond terrible in the 3rd preseason game. The team looked comatose and came to life when Pryor entered the action!

  • the famous dr robert

    Beach Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:32 pm
    I just think you are not being fair under the current state of the team; that’s my point Dr. Robert. Give TP a chance.
    *********

    i have no choice.

    i see a bad passer and mistake-prone bedazzler/loser.

    if and when he actually plays a good game, i will change my mind. gladly.

    at the very least, i thought he threw better on short stuff than i ever saw him before.

  • alex7

    El

    you do realize he was injured right? And that up to that game, his preseason, practices, and short career were better than Pryor.

    You know this, right? Why hate on the guy when he’s been solid except for one injured quarter?

  • Marks hair

    about how many losses people will accept from pryor this year..

    tp is clearly our only developmental prospect for a franchise quarterback.. obviously we should play him all year.. we should develop him and see whether or not he can become our long-term answer or not.. if we switch back and forth between quarterbacks we will end up taking Bridgewater for sure

  • elboocho

    The Famous Dr Robert, I agree.

  • alex7

    Beach

    lol, Flynn was injured.

    And remind us how a HEALTHY Pryor looked in game 1 with that same end zone pick, or game 2 with his 1 for 5 performance, or game 4 with his 3 for 8, 0 TD start?

    Wait, let’s ignore all that and only bring up one injured quarter for the other guy.

    Not biased. At all.

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

    My schedule prediction is 100% accurate. The rest of the season will go exactly like that. There is no need for anyone to watch another game. Just wait for wild card weekend.

  • the famous dr robert

    Beach Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:34 pm
    Flynn was beyond terrible in the 3rd preseason game. The team looked comatose and came to life when Pryor entered the action!
    **********

    no he wasn’t.

    he was 3-6. two picks. one was moore’s fault.

    he barely passed the ball.

    and there were lots of bad players playing badly. that’s not his fault.

    but he was 16-20 in the previous game with a perfectly executed 2 minute drill and fantastic td pass to moore.

  • beach

    Pryor is a far superior athlete to Jason Campbell. I see Pittsburgh as very overrated. Big Ben has had his bell rung one too many times. They have no running game and their defense is old.

  • the famous dr robert

    MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:37 pm
    My schedule prediction is 100% accurate. The rest of the season will go exactly like that. There is no need for anyone to watch another game. Just wait for wild card weekend.
    ***********

    lol. i might peak in just for fun though.

  • RaidO

    Raider’s play all 4 teams playing Monday night football.

  • the famous dr robert

    Beach Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:37 pm
    Pryor is a far superior athlete to Jason Campbell. I see Pittsburgh as very overrated. Big Ben has had his bell rung one too many times. They have no running game and their defense is old.
    *********

    leveon bell will change their run game big time.

  • Marks hair

    where do I answer your question? all year… it means however many losses, it doesn’t matter.. if he doesn’t perform we draft a quarterback if he does we just continue developing him..

    there’s no other options there’s no other player with his talent

  • alex7

    Mark

    the question that has been put forth is how long do we need to give Pryor.

    Is 4 games enough based on his college reports, preseasons, and SD start?

    Half a season?

    We know most good QBs dominated or won (or both) by the 3rd or 4th game.

  • the famous dr robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:36 pm
    about how many losses people will accept from pryor this year..

    tp is clearly our only developmental prospect for a franchise quarterback.. obviously we should play him all year.. we should develop him and see whether or not he can become our long-term answer or not.. if we switch back and forth between quarterbacks we will end up taking Bridgewater for sure
    *********

    so ur ok with 0-16 and a 65 rating?

  • RaidO

    MR..Realest Of The Real, Stickiest Of The Icky Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:37 pm
    My schedule prediction is 100% accurate. The rest of the season will go exactly like that. There is no need for anyone to watch another game. Just wait for wild card weekend.
    —————-

    I like the optimistism

    10-6, 9-7

  • beach

    Blame somebody else for the picks? Come on, man. Stop the excuses! That was the end of the 2nd quarter in New Orleans with that drive after Flynn was garbage. He stunk up his opportunity as a Raider this preseason and you know it!

  • the famous dr robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:39 pm
    where do I answer your question? all year… it means however many losses, it doesn’t matter.. if he doesn’t perform we draft a quarterback if he does we just continue developing him..

    there’s no other options there’s no other player with his talent
    ********

    uh, if we are 0-8 and he has a 65 rating and 20 picks?

    time to admit there are THREE more talented passers on the roster and MOVE ON from him!

  • alex7

    beach

    you really think that it takes a better “athlete” to beat Dick LeBeau’s defense?

    Sigh. Have you watched his D the last few years? It’s accurate passers that succeed vs him, the Tebow miracle notwithstanding.

    LeBeau’s multiple looks and last-second disguises will eat up a raw passer.

  • the famous dr robert

    Beach Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:39 pm
    Blame somebody else for the picks? Come on, man. Stop the excuses!
    ********
    my point exactly!

  • beach

    Dr. Robert, are you predicting 0-16. Because I can get a wheelbarrow full of cash vs. yours to make a wager. If not, take your nonsense to a 49er board.

  • Marks hair

    0-16 would mean Bridgewater..

    we have no other options

  • the famous dr robert

    so we have a guy on the bench that has thrown for 480 yards and 6 tds IN ONE GAME!

    and we are going to stick with pryor thru an 0-16 season?

  • beach

    You won’t be making those comments during the bye week before the Steelers game, Alex7.

  • alex7

    beach

    what’s your purpose in lying? How can a QB go 16 for 20 and stink before a 2-minute drill?

    lol, like the 20 passes came in that drill? Or that drill doesn’t count?

    Honestly, if that stunk, what did you call Pryor vs the Saints, Cowboys, and Seahawks? Fewer completions, 0 TDs, and more INTs.

    Don’t be ridiculous, at least keep it honest and fact-based.

  • the famous dr robert

    Beach Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:41 pm
    Dr. Robert, are you predicting 0-16. Because I can get a wheelbarrow full of cash vs. yours to make a wager. If not, take your nonsense to a 49er board.
    ********

    no. i’m ASKING u guys what it would take to want another qb.

    mark’s hair says never. no matter how bad it is, he won’t want another qb.

    even if he’s the worst passer in the nfl and we are 0-12, he wants to continue to “develop” pryor.

  • elboocho

    know this comment is sour grapes but f-in DHB had a blatant hold on that TD run by Luck! BTW he looked like chit too!

  • beach

    Good night. I will try to come back and talk to positive people another time. Some of you need to be under heavy sedation.

  • beach

    I can’t wait to see Dr. R and Alex7 off the board after a Raider victory. That will be sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marks hair

    I mean the next guy down the ladder is Matt Flynn… Mr 360 degree blindside.. clearly three coaches so far don’t think he’s worth playing.. and the pics that Reggie gave for him were right about where his value is at..

    I mean a lot of people went on record saying JaMarcus Russell and Terrell Pryor were terrible terrible quarterbacks..

    flynn is their backup.

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

    A lot of the league’s great QBs made some mistakes today. Brady, E. Manning, Pryor…

  • the famous dr robert

    the jags scored 2 points today.

    gabbert went 16-35 for 121 yards. 2 picks.

    71 yards rushing.

    gave up 28 points to a team that won two games last year.

    1 sack on defense.

    we are at home. don’t u think we should win? shouldn’t this be our easiest chance for a win?

    what happens if we lose and pryor has 2+ picks and 1 or less tds?

  • beach

    16 for 20 with your team being destroyed. Yes, that’s a winner in my book. Who’s lying?

  • beach

    What happens if you get run over by a bus tomorrow? That’s life, I guess.

  • the famous dr robert

    Beach Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:45 pm
    I can’t wait to see Dr. R and Alex7 off the board after a Raider victory. That will be sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ********

    why would i leave? i love the Riaders.