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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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  • Taiwan_Raiders

    Probably David Carr. He has more experience. He can really help TP and McGloin in the film room, dissecting opposing defense and such. He can be a good mentor. If it’s Pat White, probably to compete with McGloin for #2 spot

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    IN fairness to the center, the QB has to step back more quickly. Timing was off between the two, understandably.

  • inonewordraider

    Whts wrong with havin a vet backup? Reggie has proved the best players will remain on the roster regardless contract or draft status

  • RaidingTexas

    Yet we still have trolls telling us this is all despite Reggie and DA. Unreal

  • Raider O

    Scholarship program from a new GM that lacks experience and made a few mistakes? I doubt RM is that stupid.

  • 8raiderreign8

    Really what did he say?

  • lefty12

    Don’t see how you can say that.Pryor was the only QB brought back from last year.He was given the opportunity in camp to win the job and he ran with it.

  • Taiwan_Raiders

    Don’t bring it up.
    Still pizzed by it.

  • Theghostronin79

    SiriusXM NFL Radio ‏@SiriusXMNFL 3m

    #Raiders DB Charles Woodson: Things didn’t work out for Matt Flynn between injuries & Terrelle’s play…no releases surprise me. #SXMSports

  • Prometheus

    jeebus cristos man it’s only football, no “real” drama here.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Knocked the piss out of it too.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Agree that something wasn’t right with the coaches. Did see Flynn looking happy and eager after one of the offenses scores last night. TP had gone to the bench, was sitting next to a player I couldn’t see and Flynn was on his knees or maybe on the bench to TP’s left, leaning in and smiling and talking.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    woodson agrees, pryor bombed matt flynn smooth out of alameda

    Please get allen out of here at season end, if he had his way pryor would have never made it on to the roster

  • RaiderCDE

    Woodson is firmly behind Pryor. Says alot.

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    Please no David Carr. Rather have Pay White or Vince Young.

    Carr is horrible.

  • inonewordraider

    Get ready for a backyard brawl In kc

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    MC Duck in the Hizzy
    PMPP N FULL EFFECT

  • Theghostronin79

    Who says it was Allen anyway? Might have been Reggie contacting Josh.

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    Ur a clown. DA pit his career on Pryor. Pryor is playing cuz of DA.

  • The_Judge37

    “Cracked open a window in the warm Oakland Raiders press box. Weed seems to be wafting into the press box.”

    —@MartyCaswell, producer/reporter for the Mighty 1090 Sports Radio station in San Diego, covering the Chargers-Raiders game, in a tweet logged at 1:58 a.m. ET this morning.
    ——
    From Peter King’s MMQB Tweets of the Week. LOL

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    If all you need is a veteran backup who can help with film study and whatnot, Carr would probably be OK in that role.

  • The Big Banana

    Lol

  • Prometheus

    i think YOU should coach the Raiders, you fuking armchair dipshat

  • Buckarama

    Play well or get released! We don’t seem to mind paying you too much money then cutting you :)

  • JOn Wooah

    Trolls proven wrong yet again! Pick six FLYNN is CUT

  • rifflicks

    what’s even more amazing is the level of play last night and factoring in all of the injuries.

  • JOn Wooah

    I told u last week, charles woodson didnt want FLYNN starting… and the trolls got mad at me for saying that. IT WAS THE TRUTH. PERIOD

  • 8raiderreign8

    Everyone knows Davis demanded Pryor start

  • Prometheus

    I’m still high…

  • Raiders for Life

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL1h
    Raiders need to activate, trade or release WR Andre Holmes today. The one-week exemption is over. Expect him to be activated.

    Not sure if you guys saw this or not.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Wow, my whole day is made.
    NOT

  • Prometheus

    yep i wiretapped his office

  • JOn Wooah

    Let me just say Al would have loved watching PRYOR play yesterday, and no doubt Raiders win the game against Redskins if PRYOR is in.

    Raiders could be 3-2 right now.. possible 4-1 . Think on that!

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Coaches, especially second year coaches, don’t “court” other qbs. GMs do.

  • The Big Banana

    Good to see Olsen get fired up with Pryor on the sideline early in the first half. Kick azz and have fun doing it.

  • RaidingTexas

    Yes, the Flynn cut was probably to make room for Holmes. But I expect another cut if the Raiders are planning to find another 3rd string QB.

  • inonewordraider

    Players are behind pryor, time for “fans” to get on board

  • Al_istheRaiders

    ….the flynnstones are on suicide watch…..great flynn was never a raider.

  • Prometheus

    and i could have fuked those 2 hookers i saw yesterday

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    it was reported her in the trib that allen admitted to having ‘talks” with freeman

    inexcusable and undeniable proof that allen is a clueless boob.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You have a way of presenting your opinions that preclude anyone from thinking about them.

  • HELLSBELLS

    Smith 2 run homer 6-3 As

  • RaiderCDE

    If you’re going to sign a FA QB – Vince Young makes the most sense. If you need him to go in he can win games. Carr can’t.

  • Al_istheRaiders

    pft….a former shrek bandwagoner….

    For the Raiders, who traded away a fifth-round pick for Flynn, this is an embarrassment that is compounded by the embarrassment of spending a fourth-round draft pick on quarterback Tyler Wilson and then cutting him before the start of the regular season. The good news, however, is that Pryor looks like a keeper at quarterback.

  • JOn Wooah

    Now is not a time to be sour. Flynn was just cut

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    I checked out on Flynn after that awful Chicago preseason game. Pryor looked fantastic last night.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    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

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    No to VY. The last thing we need is some has-been dividing the locker room.

  • JOn Wooah

    PRYOR beats out yet another Qb… where the pick six flynn trolls at??? Last week when flynn starting “NOW WE CAN COMPETE” bahahaha

  • JOn Wooah

    Tp2 aka the Raiders Fearless Leader. Deal with it!!