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Raiders 27, Chargers 17 — game story

By Steve Corkran
Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 1:24 am in Oakland Raiders.

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.”

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  • HELLSBELLS

    Taking out the trash. Good to see that that re not afraid to amit they made a mistake.

  • RaidingTexas

    Definitely. Just want to know how the rest of this shakes out.

  • Raider O

    The play calling on both sides of the ball was not as aggressive after we had a good lead.

  • RaidingTexas

    Dmac is not a star.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    HAHAHAHAHA

    You were saying, Nostradamus?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Guest

    the game is changing and the defenses are more athletic then ever so if you are not a consistent Manning or Luck type like pocket passer

  • Teresa

    Flynn is released? new story.

  • RaidingTexas
  • Theghostronin79

    Jim Trotter ‏@SI_JimTrotter 9m

    BREAKING: The Raiders have released QB Matt Flynn, according g to source.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Lil late.

  • Buckarama

    Jim Trotter
    ‏@SI_JimTrotter

    10m

    BREAKING: The Raiders have released QB Matt Flynn, according g to source.

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    Sorry but I saw no real improvement until last week really. And I have plenty of concerns lingering.

    I’m simply giving him his due.

    It would hypocritical of me to ignore his rating after four games.

    But he still hasn’t thrown for enuff yards or Tds and he still is very inconsistent.

    But he has my attention.

    It’s called being a grown up, not a 12 year old super fan.

  • The_Judge37

    i don’t mind hearing it again

  • Theghostronin79

    Hey man…..I’m at work. I just pops in and out all day long.

  • RaidingTexas

    Raiders released QB Matt Flynn.
    It’s a stunning admission of defeat from out-of-his-depth GM Reggie McKenzie, but hardly surprising considering coach Dennis Allen’s barely-concealed disdain for his would-be starting quarterback. Flynn had tumbled behind Matt McGloin — a painful to watch quarterback incollege — on the depth chart, and was embarrassingly inept in his Week 4 spot start against the Redskins. The fact that he’s bringing home a guaranteed $6.5 million this season is one of the most embarrassing GM gaffes in recent memory. Between his money wasted in Flynn and fourth-round misfire on Tyler Wilson, McKenzie has proven he has no idea what he’s doing with quarterbacks. Barely a No. 2 level talent, it’s possible Flynn will latch back on with the Packers, who lack a viable backup behind Aaron Rodgers. Oct 7 – 2:21 PM

  • Raider O

    Yes!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Instant upgrade?

    T pryor 68.3 % 4 td 2 int 229 yards rushing

    C palmer 58.9% 5 td 9 INT 2 FUMBLES

    I would say pryor has completely destroyed the memory of palmer and lifted the collar bone curse

  • R8erEduc8er

    So you’re finally being a grown up after acting like a 12 year old super Flynn fan…congrats. I can respect that.

  • RaidingTexas

    PFT pulled the story off its site. Interesting

  • The_Judge37

    David Carr is the rumor

  • RaiderCDE

    Flynch cut. What a waste .. Good riddance.

  • Davy Jones

    None of us knew, you say, and yet after week 1 nearly every sports article about the Raiders was trumpeting the improvement of Pryor. You were the lone voice of reason . . .except that you weren’t. You don’t owe me anything, you owe it to yourself to own up. It’s what a Doctor would do.

  • Davy Jones

    Oh, and BTW, when you type “U” in place of “You”, you come off less as Prince and more as Sinead O’Connor. Just an FYI.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Crap first and third one out for Tigers

  • JB

    Raiders release Matt Flynn. At least RM & DA didn’t drag it out. I can see Wilson coming back into the fold. I guess Flynn will go & join Tebow in the Arena league – that is right after he stops at the bank for a deposit.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    And replaced it with a much more tamely-written one.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    WHUT WHUT N THE POOTBUTT

  • Theghostronin79

    The Mystique was BACK in the Black Hole last night. The place was ROCKIN

  • eastoaklandraider

    all good bro.

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    Pat white coming for a workout tomorrow

  • RaidingTexas

    Schefter just confirmed it. Still unsure why PFT pulled the article though.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Crap tigers ore one, second and third one out

  • eastoaklandraider

    dbl play comin up?

  • marks hair

    so long flynn..

  • RaidingTexas

    NM, new article up. Duck is right, they removed all the Reggie slamming from it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You’re right. You are sure of that. You’ve yet to disseminate any football acumen to validate that, however.

    You have verified that you’re a dumbass pootbutt.

  • Raideraholic

    yo

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    It’s all Prince. My all time fav.

  • The Big Banana

    Flynn gone? Good riddance sissy.

  • RaiderCDE

    Pryor has proven he can stand tall and make accurate throws from the pocket. Once the oline is back in order – after the bye we should have everyone back except Veldheer and he should be practicing by then, our offense will be able to put up 25+ a game consistently. We *finally* got Reece going on those little dump offs combined with shots down the field- tough to stop. We have our franchise QB and he’s under contract for through 2014 – good recipe for success! Now if DA can grow up and make those level of improvements ..

    GO RAIDERS!

  • RaiderGuy50

    Who did not see that coming! – I suspect he was a locker room distraction and not playing the mentor-
    As they say – don’t let the door hit you In the A on the way out.

  • Theghostronin79

    Hell yeah…I’m tired as dog sh*t this morning, but I’m flyin HIGH

  • HELLSBELLS

    Tied 3-3, Parker meltdown

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    so pryor bombed flynn out of alameda huh?

    good and i hope allen is next!!!

    IF IT IS TRUE THAT ALLEN WAS COURTING FREEMAN HE SHOULD BE FIRED!!!!!!

    pryor will never trust him as a head coach and i dont blame him.

    allen has lost the locker room, in my opinion, and guys rally around and play for pryor, not allen

    This reminds me of jc was treated in the palmer fiasco.

    when a coach says to players, “this guy is our leader’ then is caught trying to install some one else they lose the trust of the players.

    How can that weasel allen look pryor in the face now?

    You could see the intensity and the fire in pryors eyes in that first half.

    each pass had the blast of a drone strike, as he seemed to be hacking into flynn, alen and every other doubter and hater he has ever had to prove wrong.

    Pryor belongs to oakland now we have adopted one another. He is the perfect representation of what it means to be oakland.

    The ultimate undr dog with unstoppable talent that needs to fight scratch and claw every step of the way.

    The next 10 years will be great

  • RaidingTexas

    Carr? lol

  • Que

    Thats what a GM does. He’s makes tough decisions and its all about the Team getting Better. RIP AL but no scholarship players like for 10 years. Reggie is Good and Dennis is showing with some talent, what he can do. We have a long way to go through this Process

  • Raider O

    I noticed that too. I don’t understand how someone can argue that. It was obvious.

  • RaidingTexas

    Yeah I saw that earlier. Maybe to replace Wilson on the PS?

  • marks hair

    this just in: dr rob is stupid..

  • Raider_Riff

    Flynn just got cut.

    Bout time.

    Suck it haters.