Raiders 27, Chargers 17 — game story


OAKLAND – A day that began with reports of the Raiders showing interest in acquiring a veteran quarterback ended with Terrelle Pryor making his strongest case yet for being the team’s long-term starter.
Pryor completed his first 10 passes and staked the Raiders to a huge lead that they parlayed into a 27-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.
The Raiders moved into a third-place tie in the AFC West with the Chargers at 2-3. The division-leading Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs improved to 5-0 earlier Sunday.
“He started the game out about as good as you can start out,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Pryor.
Pryor also finished strong by guiding the Raiders on a time-consuming drive that ended with Sebastian Janikowski kicking a field goal to extend the lead to 10 after the Chargers rallied from a 24-3 deficit with 14 unanswered points.
Perhaps Pryor’s most-impressive play came on a 20-yard strike to rookie wide receiver Brice Butler on a third-and-14 play midway through the aforementioned drive.
Allen called that play “huge” and said he was pleased with the way Pryor played overall.
Pryor’s strong showing came in the wake of several national reports that linked the Raiders to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, who was released Thursday after a falling out with coach Greg Schiano.
The reports said the Raiders were interested in Freeman as a potential challenger to Pryor’s starting job.
By night’s end, Freeman reportedly was headed to Minnesota to sign with the Vikings. Pryor was on his way to cementing his status as the Raiders unquestioned starter, at least in the short term and among the quarterbacks currently on the 53-man roster.
Receiver Rod Streater said he didn’t know of the Freeman report. Just the same, he added, he’s firm on where he stands on the issue.
“That’s who I want,” Streater said of Pryor. “I trust in him. You saw how well he played (Sunday). That’s what he can do, and he’s only going to get better.”
Pryor said he intends to keep working hard because he feels as if he has plenty of room for improvement.
Not if he plays the way he did Sunday, particularly the first quarter. He completed all 10 of his passes in the opening quarter, with the first eight coming on two drives that netted touchdowns.
“The first half, I thought they couldn’t stop us,” Pryor said. “We took our foot off the pedal and we took a step back in that way.”
Maybe so, but the Raiders took a huge stride toward becoming a better team with, by far, their best all-around effort of the season.
The Raiders defense intercepted Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers three times and forced a fumble that safety Charles Woodson returned for a touchdown, and their special teams recovered a muffed punt, blocked a field-goal attempt and added two Janikowski field goals.
“This was a great team win,” Allen said. “All three phases contributed to winning this football game.”
Left offensive tackle Khalif Barnes said it’s been a long time coming. Time and again, the Raiders showed glimpses of putting it all together, only to be undone by a turnover, a big play or a penalty. Not this time.
Defensive tackle Vance Walker said big things are in store for the Raiders if they play the way they did against the Chargers on a consistent basis.
“We know that we’re capable of being a playoff-caliber team,” Walker said. “We just have to come out here and prove ourselves every week.”


Steve Corkran

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    What color is the sky in your world?

  • Back-N-Black

    As a new GM, Reggie has made some mistakes, but he is also responsible for some good defensive players and keeping a functioning o-line together despite injuries.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    How can coaches or a GM look TP in the face, you ask? It’s a positive. It’s old school football management: YOUR JOB IS NEVER SAFE.
    It’s about performance and knowing that the guy behind you, even if he’s your best pal, is wanting your job and is CAPABLE of doing “your job.” These guys get paid well. Even the lowest paid player gets big bucks.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Brahs, I was just fingerbanging my girlfriend in the phart box and thinking about what huge tool the Supadweebo is

    Then I was all like, Beeech – you’re giving a fine hizzy The Shocker. Focus, homie, focus.

    Then I forgot all about Supadweebo and paid closer attention to my work

    what was i talking about again?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Yes it is. And you even get one from me. Calm down, now.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    worth repeating, let it sink in

    Allen wanted palmer flyyn lienart and feeman over pryor!!!

    pryor has exposed allen is clueless boob.

    Not only is allen a boob, but he is an a- cup, unremarkable and barley noticeable

  • Buckarama

    DA doesn’t like TP2 only because it’s a crap shoot when he’s out there. Is TP@ great? Of course he is, but DA has no control over the end product. TP@ has the ability to make plays, there just not the designed plays of the coaches.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I have heard players go out of their way to say they think Allen is doing a really good job. They seem to believe they are on the right path with him and Cork reports that as well.

  • Prometheus

    you are a pharmaceutical experiment gone bad

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    New post

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Pryor does give off that Willie Beamen vibe, no?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    His idiocy really has no end.

  • 8raiderreign8

    What inning?

  • RealTruRaider

    Basically a no comment when asked if how Flynn has been since he was demoted

  • Raider_Riff

    The rumors were that Flynn was sulking.

    Gave the impression that Flynn was not too enthusiastic in the film room and not much help as a teammate.

  • RealTruRaider

    No……….no you couldn’t, you need to have money for that pal

  • RealTruRaider

    It was a good post

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You’re giving a pass to a 5× Pro Bowl .2× All-Pro, and dare to hold Pryor pertly responsible? Sacrilege!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Or partly, even.

  • Davy Jones

    Nah. Prince would love Pryor. He’s a multi-disciplinary improviser too.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You obviously know nothing of post slave stress disorder and transgenerational slave syndrome.
    Keep reading Miss Tick’s missives and he’ll learn you up.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Not as rabidly fawning as usual, and I agree about Al. But I stand by my sentiment.

  • RaiderGuy50

    agree– let the hater’s hate. I like us playing the underdogs going into Arrowhead. The media talking heads will not give us a chance– defense, andy reid – blah, blah- Our defense is under the radar which makes us dangerous- We have to learn (olsen) to keep the gas on an opponent to finish a game- I want to see Alex smith throw his first pick against us

  • Davy Jones

    Too right, David Carr = Matt Flynn.

  • marks hair

    Jennings has a hammy, in case Cork has not announced it..

  • rifflicks

    so is the point on your head

  • JonGrand

    As good as Pryor was, he almost lost it with that fumble. That was a brainless play. His escapability makes him think he’s invincible. He was wrapped-up, and not protecting the ball by trying to throw it. If you were down by a score, I understand, but when you have the lead, you have to protect he ball. Fortunately, in a very un-Raiderlike way, it didn’t hurt us. Great game overall. I’m looking forward to next week. I expect the Raiders to hand KC their first loss.

  • otomis

    The big third-down conversion was a case of a penalty against the Raiders working in the Raider’s favor. They did not make it on their first try but were called for O-pass interference or something. They got a second chance and Pryor made the throw to Brice. Without that penalty against Oakland, who knows what would have happened. For once, I was glad for a call against them. Go Raiders. I said 6 wins before the season started and with a few breaks my Raiders could be 4-1 but I’m happy at 2-3 with KC up next, a bye, and then 4 in a row against teams with losing records. Upswing baby … upswing. Things will be much, much brighter soon.

  • otomis

    Right and Walsh wanted Kenny Easley over Ronnie Lott.

  • otomis

    Wilson is coming up off the practice squad and will be the #3.

  • otomis

    With Pryor they beat Washington and they came within a throw or two of beating Indy, so yes, 4-1 is not inconceivable, I’m with you on that but, they are still 2-3 and improving. So, let the nay sayers say what they will but … this appears self-evident, they are getting better.

  • otomis

    I’ll say it now, even though he is raw … Terrell Pryor will prove to be better than both Kaepernick and Wilson. He’s bigger and stronger than Wilson, as fast as Kaep and, I believe, has a better arm and more athletic than Kaep. He is stronger too. Pryor believes himself to be the best player on the field and I think with time his belief will become reality. He will surpass both Kaepernick and Wilson.

  • rioderek

    At least they were both good. None of the guys DA wanted over Pryor are even decent.

  • otomis

    The point is coaches make mistakes as well and in this case you have to take under consideration that D.A. was working with one hand tied behind his back in that his options were limited by cap restraints and no draft picks. Reggie and Dennis had to assemble a team within their means and I think considering the obstacles they have done a hell of a job. The D with 10 new starters is starting to gel, the O-line has held its own regardless of losing the starting Ts and C. As it stands after 5 games they have won 2—half of what they won all of last year. This Sunday is KC then a bye and then 4 teams in a row who currently have losing records. Pryor is improving, McFadden is, thankfully, on the bench as he does nothing but go down at first contact and break his fingernails.