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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.”

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  • jesusraiderjim

    How is this not reported by our local guys first?

  • The Big Banana

    Will Flynn take Dr B00b with him? One can hope.

  • RaidingTexas

    We’re 20 minutes ahead of you son

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    My guess is to be the vet backup/Pryor simulator.

    I don’t think DA cares much for Wilson.

  • Que

    no one knows but those two , what was promised. the over reaction is silly. Drama drama like women. Go raiders and a big test is coming

  • Taiwan_Raiders

    Don’t think Allen told Freeman he will start if he comes in. It’s mostly speculation and twitter rumors.

  • The Big Banana

    Old news

  • RaidingTexas

    Funny that so many guys here think DA is anti-Pryor, but all indications are that he’s very pro-”wave of the future”.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Do you have any evidence for your assertion that “Allen has lost the locker room” or are you just talking out your culo again?

  • stormbringerSS

    TYLER WILSON = THE FUTURE

  • Stringer Bell

    Flynn must have had a bad attitude. Only explanation for him getting run. His play was exceptionally bad, but to be dumped so quickly means something else was going on.

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    I see that too. He put his career in pryors hands.

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    I suspect as much. DAs quick sour on him says a lot.

  • Raider_Riff

    hahaha… i just noticed that.

  • Raider_Riff

    Somebody was anti-Pryor.

    Either DA or Reggie.

  • RaidingTexas

    I’m thinking between Pryor getting the nod for week 1 and the punishment he took last week, he possibly doesn’t even want to play football anymore

    Hell, he’s got $12+ million reasons to not play anymore.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Exactly. Either he asked for his release or he started pulling a diva act.

    Either way, not our problem anymore.

  • JB

    Pryor was outstanding in the first half of the game. All we need now is for him to do the 2nd half in the same fashion. It was like day & night performance-wise. In his defense, the O-line is a mess and the center kept stepping on his foot of tripping him when have came from under center. What’s all that about?

    It was also good to see D-Less promote himself up to D-Moore. His next success step will be back to D-WOW – I hope, rather than back to D-Bench.

  • Taiwan_Raiders

    Yup. Might just retire.

  • Raider_Riff

    Pryor hinted at it.

    Flynn has been a problem since preseason.

  • KoolKell

    I went to my first Raider game in 1964.

  • inonewordraider

    Josh freeman jason cambell and “luck is not on the same planet as rgIII” owns u

  • RaiderCDE

    Make a mistake, not good- but *fix it ASAP* and move forward. This is what good teams do and this is a great sign. Would love to see Wilson get promoted from PS and move McGloin to 2.

    We could have *really* used that wasted 6.5mill to boost both lines – but , Reggie gets a small pass for promoting Pryor, cutting Flynn loose – *and* for snagging CWoodson – he is balling out and is the leader of not just the defense, the entire team!

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    Reggie certainly didn’t believe in him.

  • Raider O

    We are not that lucky.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    One thing the Flynn release proves: There is no such thing as a scholarship in the Reggime. Either you play well or you’re gone.

  • marks hair

    all the fake fans can cheer for TP to fail if they want.. but at least I don’t have to hear another STUPID word about matt flynch..

  • RaidingTexas

    No, I think they were going off the body of evidence the entire time. Pryor was not looking good early, but all of a sudden it clicked for him. And DA took note. He won out the job.

    Bravo to the kid for putting in all that extra time in the offseason!

  • RaiderCDE

    Pryor still has no offensive line – no running game and no real pass protection and he’s still getting it done. This team should be dangerous in the 2nd half once we get healthy (hopefully).

  • inonewordraider

    On another note palmer had 3 pix yesterday

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Flynn was a calculated risk that didn’t work out. Happens in the NFL. As for our 3rd QB: it’ll either be Pat White or David Carr, with the clear understanding that they’re being brought in as a backup, period.

  • Theghostronin79

    That’s what happens when Dudes realize they’re careers are in jeopardy. No scholarships, and that includes coaching staff.

  • RaidingTexas

    McGloin is already at #2. I guess we have to see how this Pat White story plays out

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    No, please don’t take away the Blog Doormat. Who will all of us Blog Brahs have to smack around for fun and free laughs? KrappyRat just hasn’t been the same since he got back from Switzerland.

  • Prometheus

    this blog must be your pressure relief valve.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Agreed by week 10 no one will want to play us.

  • Taiwan_Raiders

    I’m still high from the win last night. Haven’t feel this way for a long time. Great job by the coaches, all of them. Just outstanding job. Don’t think we have the same OL starters since week 1, just amazing. TP progress a lot, and yet we all know there’s still more where he can improve.
    Next week, big test for TP. KC D is very good. I’m guessing a low scoring game as both coach will try to grind the other team to death.

  • RaiderCDE

    Our Defense holding the Chargers to 17 is nothing short of awesome. Goal Line stand at the 1?? Picks and forced turnovers? Tarver’s (and Woodson) has these boys balling out.

    Chiefs better look out next week. We coming and we *own* Arrowhead.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    the burning question that must be answered….

    WAS ALLEN PUSHING FOR FREEMAN?!?!?

    If so he is bigger turd than i thought.

    pryor was clearly bothered by the speculation and admission to ‘talks” with freeman from his coach.

    pryor burned through allen and proved to everyone in the raider org that he is far more important that allen is.

    Allen is disposable, a hanger on along for the ride, kicking and screaming all the way.

    Allen has resisted pryor, buried pryor, relegated pryor to “packages’, refused to play pryor, and according to reports was flirting with freeman? This is inexcusable and pryor knocked allen out cold with his eye popping performance.

    The team is unmoved by allen, and take their que directly from pryor.

    The entire org is now on notice, and how they respond in the next few seasons, building around pryor is the only measuring stick

  • marks hair

    Flynn was a bad choice all around.. Seattle was not trying to get any of their investment back when they traded that guy.. that should have been a big red flag for Reggie even if he couldn’t evaluate the quarterback himself..

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    THIS JUST IN: Dennis Allen has lost the Raider locker room!

    According to a report by a bi-polar old dork on a lame football blog.

    Watch out TMZ – you been SCOOPED

  • RaidingTexas

    Typical mystical rubbish

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Have you gone off your meds again?

  • The Big Banana

    True, and glad to see it.

  • Stringer Bell

    It’s been a long time since we saw all 3 phases playing well. Still room for improvement, but what a difference having Pryor makes. No way we lose last week if he was in there instead of flynn.

  • NYCRaider

    Matt Flynn released, does Dr rob and Alex 7 get waived too?

  • RaidingTexas

    You get a rare up vote from me today

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    This blog is less interesting without Beech. Good to have you back!

  • Prometheus

    Raids D looked really good, until the “prevent winning” defense was used. OLINE is a disgrace and will get the QB hurt again if they don’t find a mean streak, and injuries are excuses and nobody wants to hear it, play well or get benched

  • HELLSBELLS

    Homerun Moss 4-3 as