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Raiders mistaked-filled game vs. Chiefs still counts as progress

KANSAS CITY – Coach Dennis Allen viewed Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs as a measuring stick for the progress being made by the Raiders this season.
The closer-than-it-seemed, 24-7 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium showed Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie that the Raiders are headed in the right direction, though there’s still plenty of work to be done.
“We’re close,” Raiders safety Charles Woodson said. “But when you play a good football team, they capitalize on the mistakes that you make. That’s the reason why they’re 6-0.”
And it’s a big reason why the Raiders are 2-4 as they enter their bye week, four games behind the Chiefs and the Denver Broncos in the AFC West.
The Raiders will spend the next several days trying to learn from their uneven play against the Chiefs and likely several more expelling the bitter taste from their mouths.
The Chiefs feasted upon a Raiders team that committed 11 penalties, allowed 10 sacks and served up three interceptions by quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Most of that negative stuff came after the Raiders jumped to a 7-0 lead, which they held until late in the second quarter.
The Chiefs tied the game late in the first half, but the Raiders still felt as if they controlled the game because of how well their defense played, according to Woodson and several of his defensive mates.
The game turned late in the third quarter when Pryor attempted a pass in the face of a Chiefs blitz, while throwing off his back foot and into heavy traffic.
Chiefs safety Quintin Demps intercepted Pryor’s ill-advised pass. Running back Jamaal Charles scored the first of his two touchdowns four plays later.
It was all Chiefs from there on out, with Pryor spending most of his time being sacked, harassed and frustrated by a defense he flourished against early on.
Pryor completed seven of his first nine passes for 100 yards and a touchdown and sported a 150.0 passer rating.
He completed only 11 of his final 25 passes for 116 yards and no touchdowns, while being intercepted three times. He finished with a 45.7 passer rating.
“It’s a great learning experience for him,” Allen said. “He’ll be better for it when he gets put back in this type of environment again and he’ll do a better job.”
As usual, Pryor accepted responsibility for his mistakes and shifted blame away from his teammates.
He vowed to use this game as part of his maturation into a starting quarterback and take steps to lessen the likelihood of his making the same mistakes.
“You’re going to make mistakes,” Pryor said. “Understand why it happens. Fix who is at fault, whether it’s me or whoever. That’s all you can really do. … We lost the game because of turnovers. They were on me.”
Pryor said it’s incumbent upon the Raiders offense to hold up its end in games, especially in a game like this one where the Raiders limited the Chiefs to 216 yards net offense and forced quarterback Alex Smith into more incomplete passes than ones caught by his receivers.
The big difference, of course, was Smith’s ability to remain patient, make just enough plays and avoid turnovers.
“I wouldn’t say it’s lack of efficiency,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, when asked about Smith completing 14 of 31 passes. “He’s taking care of the football. When it counts, he makes the play.
“I appreciate him. We’re winning football games, and he’s doing a nice job managing it. Everybody feeds off it on both sides of the ball.”
Smith also benefited from more continuity from his offensive line, whereas Pryor watched two starters leave with injuries in the first half.
None of the Raiders used injuries, crowd noise or questionable officiating as an excuse.
“We’re disappointed,” defensive end Jason Hunter said. “We had a chance to win the game. We played hard. We just got to find a way to get these wins. You can’t make mistakes in a game like this.”

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  • rockraider

    King of Clubs, dr robert?
    that’s a gay bar dude.

  • Blackholepriest

    Take your lumps young man and use to get better. You’ll learn you cannot force things. It doesn’t work, Smith learned it the hard way and there are no short cuts. You cannot win every game and it happens to the best of them. Just get back to work and get better. Meanwhile this team needs a running game and a legit experienced TE to help this kid out. Everything is on his shoulders and if that doesn’t change they have no chance at all. You must stay balanced especially with a young QB……………period

  • funnyfalcon

    We all know the offensive line is a huge problem and continues to be. If Tyrelle gets sacked 10 times, I don’t even want to think what could have happened with someone else back there. The team made a good showing, but injuries caught up to them. Get back at it next week.

  • rifflicks

    Smith was 10 times the QB out of College that Pryor is.

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    he was exposed, old man.
    exposed that he can’t think well on the run
    exposed that he crys like a woman
    3rd and 48
    qb rating of 44
    he’s done. get the hell out of town and bring ur dumbass with him

  • c2e

    shiddy officiating today

  • Blackholepriest

    TP is not ready for those circumstances yet. He needs some help and that line is decimated you just have to learn from it and move on. Your not going to win every game anyway.

  • r8ter4evr

    Youll cry in the black hole punk

  • turf toe

    This game “still counts as progress?” I guess it does if you leave out the second half.

  • r8ter4evr

    His defenses have carried him in the NFLnot even 50% today pathetic

  • c2e

    i hate the pats

  • c2e

    somethings not right with our 2nd half mojo

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    weak. horrible play. horrible throws. horrible decisions. ugly game. u sprout off all week long how awesome and great he is. how YOU got him on the team (lie) how YOU knew him all those yhears (lie) and now, all u have is you can’t win them all?
    hypocrite lyingazz old dog
    pryor sucked.
    in every phase of the game.
    he sucked, and u can’t handle it.

  • turf toe

    We see it over and over, C2. They adjust to us, we get stunned, then we stumble around until the end of the game.

  • funnyfalcon

    Let me know when we get Iron Man or Wolverine from the X-Men at QB, because even those dudes couldn’t do 5h!t with that oline.

  • LA_RAYDAH

    Wassup priest? Been following the blog for years reading post like yours. TP will be as good as his work ethic can take him. He has to learn the playbook, study his game film like a dog, and increase his chemistry with the line and receivers. Something all elite QB’s do, but he is on the right track for sure. He’s young and he wants to lead this team to the playoffs, what more can you ask for with what we’ve had over the last 10 years.

  • rifflicks

    that line was good enough to beat the chiefs today….all you need is a QB that can tell time, can understand the Playbook, read a defense, and audible to the correct play for the defensive set.

  • rifflicks

    yeah they hid the time clock from Pryor, and pinched the O linemen to create false starts.

  • EMRaiders

    Oline was good enough to beat the chiefs today? Maybe when Gurode and Pashos were still in. But surely people are not talking about after they went out. Because all I remember seeing then was KCs DEs blowing passed our Tackles.

    I have a question, is perception often influenced by bias opinions?

  • LA_RAYDAH

    When the colts were one of the worst team payton’s 2nd to last year…Glenn was gone, receivers were gone, and the O was in shambles. How much of that do you put on manning? When the Saints did not make the playoffs last year, how much of that do you put on brees? It takes total chemistry from all 3 phases of the game, plus coaching chemistry. Jim Caldwell got fired by the colts, then got hired as the ravens SB winning O coordinator. Things have to fall in place bro. But I guess Bridgewater or Murray right? Luck statistically had a bad season last year, but the team performed well so they went to the P.O’s. Now they are building on last year’s success, and luck is starting to improve his PR, and chemistry with the entire O…This is what a good team will do, give your young QB time to develop into the franchise guy, not the other way around. Why do I try to explain to you because your mind is made up on TP, and the Raiders chances. We still Raider brotha’s tho…good posting with you bro…

  • Jojo

    No running game. Mcfadden is done, the back ups are just that,I’d put Reece in.

  • mopremtech

    as a chiefs fan i was actually impressed with how Pryor played in the first half, the doubters have to remember that the Chiefs are known as a good second half defense because Sutton can make the necessary adjustments at half-time. Pryor just needs more time to learn how to read a defense so he is able to audible at the line when he sees something he doesn’t like. Remember he was without Wiesnewski who usually helps with his pre-snap reads.

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    karoeke at king of clubs in sunnyvale.
    8:30.
    bring ur dancing shoes

  • LA_RAYDAH

    It seems so in Riff, and the doc. No QB could have dealt with that rawkus today EM, no QB…Chalk it up, and build around this young QB. There is no team ID, KC is ball control, and stout D causing turnovers. That’s how they are 5-0…Reid saw the talent and went out and got his game manager not concerned about stats, just TO’s. Who are we? No way to tell when Flynn was our guy going into camp, featuring DMC. We should build accordingly now with a competent QB, and stout D.

  • LA_RAYDAH

    Man as a chiefs fan you have to excited to get a good coach like reid! The talent was there no ?, Reid got his QB and went to town with that talented line up bro. Congrats to the Chiefs for splashing with the coach hire.

  • funnyfalcon

    Got to down vote this opinion. I’d see your point if Terrelle has been a starter in the league for a couple years, but that oline is terrible man.

  • funnyfalcon

    yeah that guy smith can sure hand-off the ball…

  • funnyfalcon

    No running game, period.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    It’s nice to feel the future is bright even in the face of a loss. Reggie’s hiring of guys who love football is now evident and Allen’s defense is heads and above what we’ve had in the past. I feel that even if the entire O-line were made up of seond and third stringers we would have won as long as that same unit of second and third stringers had had a full week of practice as a unit before the game.

  • c2e

    What’s your take on Alex S after today?

  • kenchun24

    “Pryor completed seven of his first nine passes for 100 yards and a touchdown and sported a 150.0 passer rating.

    He completed only 11 of his final 25 passes for 116 yards and no touchdowns, while being intercepted three times. He finished with a 45.7 passer rating.

    “It’s a great learning experience for him,” Allen said. “He’ll be better for it when he gets put back in this type of environment again and he’ll do a better job.”

    As usual, Pryor accepted responsibility for his mistakes and shifted blame away from his teammates.”

    Exactly…as soon as Gurode and Pashos left the offense was doneskies for consistent drives the rest of the game…all the Usual Suspects of Raider “FAN” Pryor hate is moot. This is Allen’s QB. Your posts are futile. Get healthy Raiders (o-line puhleeze jeez) and study them Steelers.

  • c2e

    and missed holding and pass interference calls fukhead

  • mopremtech

    Bowe who can’t get open, no proven 2nd wr and a 3rd and 4th string TE and our RT is a rookie who gets pushed around. I’m amazed he is still not hurt. Plus they keep putting in a 5ft something 150lb scat back as a wr who is to small and slow to help out.

  • c2e

    He is who he is and a good fit for your scheme, just got to get Charles going. Your D is legit and hope you put Manning on his azz.

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    Solutions, dude. We know this already. WHO WOULD YOU DRAFT TO REPLACE HI?. Since you know so g-damn much.

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    150 was his opening QB rating

    Solutions, dude. We know this already. WHO WOULD YOU DRAFT TO REPLACE HI?. Since you know so g-damn much.

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    oh snap, now he’s on that bandwagon…that Flynn debacle must REALLY have gotten to you now…

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    yawn. are you even a Raider fan…where do we get these people? lmao

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    yeah..makes Todd Haley seem like well, Todd Haley.

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    running game puts it away in the 2nd half, and lost mo early..had it been 7-0 Smith wouldve been pressing…

  • Marty Urias

    Well the glaring weakness is the lack of depth on this team. You can’t blame mckenzies constant search to try and upgrade this team. We will definitely be a better team next year but this year- it is what it is and only real RAIDER fans need apply!

  • JonGrand

    Did he suck in the first half with his starting, 2nd string linemen? NO. What we learned is that Pryor is terrible with zero protection in the second half. He kept trying to make something out of nothing. That first int was stupid beyond belief, but he doesn’t make that play if he has adequate protection. Flynn, Brady, Montana would not have stood a chance in that situation.

  • JonGrand

    You’re smoking good stuff. No hall of famer could have won with that second half o-line. Pryor couldn’t even set his feet. I’m not saying Pryor’s a future pro bowl QB, but he is not as bad as the 2nd half indicated. Look at the facts. Two injuries=no protection.

  • funnyfalcon

    We have bigger issues than depth. It’s a general lack of talent. Just having a full offense and defense of legitimate NFL quality starters would be a good start.

  • funnyfalcon

    It’s going to be ugly against the Steelers. Only a miracle will make it any different.

  • LondonAl

    What would you have said about Stabler in his first three years with Raiders?

  • Steveopa

    It has everything to do with Groude and Pashos going down. After those two got hurt the Chiefs started dialing up the blitz.

  • wayne polk

    What?? The Steelers are garbage this year! They don’t scare anybody!

  • wayne polk

    Pryor still should have threw the ball away or taken the sack. He threw it up for grabs wishing. That mistake was on Pryor regardless of the protection. He’ll learn from it and do better next time.

  • gsc

    if we didn’t have all the injuries (the depth issue) then we would have legit starters on offense. not even payton manning would succeed with an o-line made up of 40% practice players, 60% 3rd stringers and a 2nd stringer thrown in for good measure. That was our o-line in the 2nd half against the chiefs.