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Raiders let one get away

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, September 8th, 2013 at 4:41 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • alex7

    beach

    are you a fun wagering type? We can easily show our football IQ by putting a simple wager on how Pryor will handle the LeBeau D.

  • the famous dr robert

    no one else will answer?

    mark’s hair says 0-16 and he sticks with pryor the whole way.

    anyone?

  • the famous dr robert

    i’m betting pryor struggles but it’s difficult to imagine losing to the jags.

    but i bet we come close.

    raiders win 20-19.

  • alex7

    Beach

    just to be clear.

    16 for 20 with a TD and 0 INT but your D sucks = you suck as a QB.

    And…Pryor doing WORSE against the Cowboys, Saints, and Seahawks…while we’re getting beat…that’s ok?

    How do you figure this? Honestly. Worse outings for Pryor in those 3 games, same loss result, but you were ok with it?

  • Marks hair

    even if we played Flynn, he gets sacked so often he’d only hurt himself.. we might not have the best coaches in the NFL but they’re not stupid

  • the famous dr robert

    mark’s hair–u won’t go away from pryor even if he’s the worst passer in the nfl and we are winless.

    won’t even go to mcgloin or wilson.

    and u don’t have an agenda.

    and ur a football guy.

  • the famous dr robert

    that would mean pryor IS NOT the most talented qb on the roster.

  • the famous dr robert

    on a different note, ford is NOT as fast as he used to be.

    noticed last year about dmc and i see the same thing now abut ford.

    and he’s useless as a wr.

  • Marks hair

    rob… well you’re making all of these predictions that I don’t think are remotely possible.. so basically I’m just humoring you..

    I think TP has shown enough that everyone should realize he’s clearly the most talented quarterback on the roster and deserves a shot for development.. I say give him the entire year. you make wild predictions about 0 and 16…

  • Bull Balls

    Why is Flynn holding a clip board? If he was so much greater than Pryor he’d be starting. Give it a rest already. Were you Flynnatites angry with Palmer last year for losing all those games, and wailing for Lienart? Don’t delude yourself into thinking Flynn coulda beat the Colts. Flynnatics already wrongly predicted a blowout with Pryor today. Didnt happen. Now lets go get those Jags.

  • the famous dr robert

    pryor had a 70 rating today.

    i’m betting it’s worse next week.

    against the jags.

  • alex7

    Mark, poor poor mark.

    He’ll stick with Pryor no matter what, but give up on Flynn based on one injured quarter.

    He thinks a guy who takes a sack but takes care of the ball is worse than a guy who is mobile but has thrown 3 end zone INTs (with a 4th going through a Saints DB’s hands) in his last 8 quarters of play.

    Says alot.

  • alex7

    Bull Balls

    according to the coaches, Flynn is holding a clip board and not even dressing because he’s injured.

    but you know this.

    Or you believe Pryor’s 3 for 8, 0 TD, 1 INT performance vs Seattle earned him the start.

    Which one?

  • the famous dr robert

    marks hair–just trying to get u to tell me how many losses before u would want a different qb.

    u won’t. ur ok with 0-16.

  • the famous dr robert

    Alex7 Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:56 pm
    Mark, poor poor mark.

    He’ll stick with Pryor no matter what, but give up on Flynn based on one injured quarter.

    He thinks a guy who takes a sack but takes care of the ball is worse than a guy who is mobile but has thrown 3 end zone INTs (with a 4th going through a Saints DB’s hands) in his last 8 quarters of play.

    Says alot.
    *******

    yes it does.

    excitement valued over good play.

    plus, maybe something else in play.

  • Marks hair

    call me crazy for believing what the coach, GM, owner and most of the football watching World agree upon….. pryor should be the starter

  • the famous dr robert

    a 70 rating and TWO, count ‘em, TWO end zone picks that lost the game, and these “Raider fans” are jacked.

    i don’t accept such poor results.

    and they call me a non-Raider fan.

  • the famous dr robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 8th, 2013 at 11:59 pm
    call me crazy for believing what the coach, GM, owner and most of the football watching World agree upon….. pryor should be the starter
    **********

    but ur not even unhappy with the results.

    u LIKED the loss today.

  • RaidO

    The Famous Dr Robert , Alex7 Says

    First game. It’s way to early for you guys to be talking this much crap. Did you do this with Palmer?

    Meltdown..

  • the famous dr robert

    the boneheaded picks and terrible sack taken at a crucial time are not only okay, due to his running, but they’re not his fault.

    it’s the coaches and other players.

  • the famous dr robert

    RaidO Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 12:01 am
    The Famous Dr Robert , Alex7 Says

    First game. It’s way to early for you guys to be talking this much crap. Did you do this with Palmer?

    Meltdown..
    ********

    missdick did.

  • Marks hair

    well as you fell back upon a million times its a team sport so losses go on everybody…. but however you want to look at it, I’d play pryor all season long.

  • MiamiRaider78

    A few plays away from upsetting the Colts and the same ole loser posters knocking Pryor and hoping he fails next week, just to say,”I told you so!”

    What a bunch of fck’n puzzy, non-Raider fans you are…talking 0-16 and looking at next years draft, after week One.

    Get out of here already or someone put a damn filter option already, fck! :D

  • the famous dr robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 12:02 am
    well as you fell back upon a million times its a team sport so losses go on everybody…. but however you want to look at it, I’d play pryor all season long.
    **********

    i guess ur ok with losing as long as ur guy is in.

    ur ok with hating on Raider players, as long as it’s not ur guy.

  • the famous dr robert

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 12:03 am
    A few plays away from upsetting the Colts and the same ole loser posters knocking Pryor and hoping he fails next week, just to say,”I told you so!”

    What a bunch of fck’n puzzy, non-Raider fans you are…talking 0-16 and looking at next years draft, after week One.

    Get out of here already or someone put a damn filter option already, fck!
    ********

    non raider fans?

    i want wins.

    ur happy with “almost winning”.

  • the famous dr robert

    pretty sure alex and seymour and me are the real Raider fans.

    we want wins, not excuses.

    u guys celebrate choke jobs.

  • the famous dr robert

    we better beat the lowly jags next week at home.

    otherwise, the broncos loom and peyton just put 49 on the ravens.

  • Marks hair

    I did not like the lost today.. I thought one coach & several players made very costly mistakes that cost us a winnable game in a tough environment.. but if you want a hyper focus on quarterback then I’d say I was ok with pryors performance considering its his 2nd start, his third offense, and he has really nothing around him offensively.

  • the famous dr robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 12:06 am
    I did not like the lost today.. I thought one coach & several players made very costly mistakes that cost us a winnable game in a tough environment.. but if you want a hyper focus on quarterback then I’d say I was ok with pryors performance considering its his 2nd start, his third offense, and he has really nothing around him offensively.
    *********

    ur ok with TWO endzone picks?

  • the famous dr robert

    what happens when he’s worse next week?

    at home.

    against jacksonville.

  • the famous dr robert

    at least tebow won.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Am I happy? Of course not but from where the so called experts and more than a handful of posters had us, getting blown out and not being competitive at all, I definitely like what I saw. If they can show up every week and play this way, then we’ll be able to prove the experts and blog losers wrong.

    Pryor needs to clean up the mental mistakes and we’ll be in good shape.

  • Marks hair

    no Rob I’m just looking at the big picture you have to develop a quarterback you have to have a franchise quarterback..

    this process should have started with Pryor last year.
    Flynn is a backup and a journeyman thats all.. there was no reason to invest in him… and there’s certainly no reason to play him if pryor struggles some.

  • alex7

    mark

    would love an answer:

    If Flynn wasn’t hurt, and started, you’d give him 16 games too regardless?

  • Marks hair

    in a player second career start yes I’m okay with two rz interceptions.. by mid season I’d hope to see all those mistakes go away.

  • alex7

    geeeeez Mark

    No reason to invest a little 5th round pick in a guy with a measly TWO career starts who’s put up 9 TDs in those 2 games…

    but we’re ok with Pryor’s 3 INTs in 2 games and will be patient with him?

    what the heck? lol :)

  • alex7

    mark

    I just honestly wish I understood what you guys disliked about Flynn after his first 2 nfl starts.

    but yet we preach patience with Pryor after a worse 2 nfl starts. So odd.

  • Marks hair

    1034. no. can’t you see flynns limitations? can’t you see why 2 teams traded him away…?

  • MiamiRaider78

    Flynn hasn’t done squat since he was given a fat contract. Beat out twice. If he were to start, if be in full support of him.

    BUT HE’S ON THE BENCH FOR NOW!

  • the famous dr robert

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Pryor needs to clean up the mental mistakes and we’ll be in good shape.
    *********
    I KEEP hearing this.

  • lefty12

    Signed with Seattle as a FA.Only traded once.

  • Marks hair

    I mean I’m not sure if you’re aware, but we don’t have green bays great wide receivers or offensive line.. we don’t play 4 wide receiver spread shot gun offense either.. flynns a heck of a backup in the perfect system.. in Oakland he would get sacked over and over it would be a punt and fumble fest..

  • MiamiRaider78

    I’d*

    Extend Reggie NOW!

    ADD A FILTER TO THE BLOG NOW!

    Mr. P, hope you’re enjoying Vegas!

    :D

  • the famous dr robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 12:15 am
    1034. no. can’t you see flynns limitations? can’t you see why 2 teams traded him away…?
    *********
    Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson.

    That’s why.

  • the famous dr robert

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 12:19 am
    I’d*

    Extend Reggie NOW!

    ADD A FILTER TO THE BLOG NOW!

    Mr. P, hope you’re enjoying Vegas!
    ********
    What do u want to filter?

    People who disagree?

  • alex7

    mark,

    of course! Flynn has limitations. I can also see Pryor’s passing limitations.

    And if we take BOTH of their limitations, and compare their 2 NFL starts, how Flynn did vs the Saints vs how Pryor did vs the Seahawks…the Pryor mistakes today…

    how does the guy that has done more…suddenly become worthless and not worthy of development?

  • Bull Balls

    Take the positives from today’s game and build on that. Move forward. This team is pissed about losing today and will take it out on the Jags. They tasted victory enough to make the hunger painful. The will eat the ass off the Jags. Book it.

  • the famous dr robert

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 12:12 am
    in a player second career start yes I’m okay with two rz interceptions.. by mid season I’d hope to see all those mistakes go away.
    ********
    What if they don’t go away?

    What if the in fact get worse?

    Still stick with him?

  • alex7

    that’s the million $ question Mark.

    How does Flynn outperform Pryor in 2 NFL starts, have a better preseason until the Bears game where the coaches state he was injured…

    and suddenly he’s not worthy of the same developing chance as Pryor?

    despite a better history of success?

  • MiamiRaider78

    You keep hearing this?

    Of course and if he doesn’t, time to give another qb a shot.