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Numerous viewpoints on Pryor’s record-setting TD run

OAKLAND – In a span of 14 seconds, Terrelle Pryor turned an inauspicious start by the Raiders on Sunday into a tone-setting touchdown with a run for the ages.
Pryor took the snap from center, faked a hand-off to running back Darren McFadden, rolled to his right, turned the corner and sprinted 93 yards for the longest touchdown run by a quarterback in NFL history.
That play propelled the Raiders to an early lead that they parlayed into a 21-18 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Coliseum. It also brought about a wide range of perspective on a play that seemed rather innocuous at first.
Center Stefen Wisniewski had his face buried in the body of nose tackle Steve McClendon, thinking he cleared a crease for McFadden.
“I heard the crowed cheering, I kind of looked at D-Mac and he looked like he was 5 of 6 yards downfield,” Wisniewski said. “I was like, ‘Are we that excited about a 5- or 6-yard gain?’
“Sure enough, I look up and Pryor’s at the 50 with no one around him and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s why they’re cheering. Sweet.’ ”
By the time Wisniewski and many others realized what transpired, Pryor had more than 5 yards on the nearest Steelers defender en route to an untouched romp into the end zone.
Left offensive tackle Khalif Barnes was fixated on Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, doing his part to help spring McFadden for a sizable gain. Or so he thought.
“I see D-Mac come out the hole next to me … then I hear the crowd erupt,” Barnes said. “It’s always a good feeling when you hear the crowd erupt because you know something big is happening.”
The play was a read-option, where Pryor is assigned to give the ball to McFadden or keep it, depending upon how outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley reacts to the prospect of McFadden getting the ball.
Woodson “bit hard,” according to Wisniewski, which left Pryor with one fewer defender to worry about on the right side of the Raiders line.
All that remained were for right offensive tackle Matt McCants to seal the edge and wide receiver Rod Streater to seal off strong safety Troy Polamalu.
“I decided to hit my guy as hard as I could,” McCants said, still expecting the ball to go to McFadden. “The next thing, I looked up and T.P. was in the end zone. So, I was like, that’s a good sign.”
Streater saw the play unfolding, and he knew he had the ability to turn a short gain into a long one.
“I just knew I had to get outside leverage on Polamalu and seal him off,” Streater said. “He just (read) my block right, cut up and made a great play.”
Next thing he knew, Streater said, Pryor was on his way to what he called the longest run of his football career, at any level.
“Man, anytime he gets around the edge, it can be a House Call because he’s so fast,” Streater said. “It was just a great call, a great play and a great read by him.”
Pryor said he doesn’t recall seeing so much room to run on such a play call.
“I saw (Woodley) biting,” Pryor said, “and I was like ‘jeez.’ … I came out (wide), Rod made a phenomenal block, and it was off to the races.”
The Raiders worked on this play “for a while,” Barnes said. Still, no one was quite sure how it was going to work out or that it was going to be called on the first play of the game.
Raiders veteran safety Charles Woodson watched from the sideline and said Pryor “faked me out,” and he didn’t realize what happened until Pryor was at midfield.
Even McFadden wasn’t quite sure if he was getting the ball or not.
“I didn’t know if he was going to keep it or not,” McFadden said. “He just so happened to pull it (back) and he smoked around the end for 93 yards. …Once I went (into the line) and guys kind of grabbed me, I heard the crowd roar and I looked up. He was just gone.”

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  • bcz24

    Of the last 5, Dallas scares me the most. They will still have a lot to play for. We can beat the Jets. We WILL beat the Chiefs at home. The Chargers will play us tough, and the Brock Osweilers don’t scare me in week 17

  • hwnrdr

    Yes but with that epic meltdown yesterday, who knows!

  • SnBG

    Not to sure about Texans as they have the #1 D.

  • 2romes

    It feels good that Dennis Allen is having some ground root success with this team. It’s hard to stay mad at him for some reason. I think he is feeling the team out the right way after the fog cleared away.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Yeah that will work I will call you later

  • Prometheus

    you shouldn’t entertain such sinful thoughts. may jeebus have mercy on your soul

  • 2romes

    Shaky ground over there

  • Prometheus

    dallas would beat the raiders. sorry

  • Prometheus

    Raiders should focus on their OLINE and maybe find a bowling ball RB. IF they are going to go with TT next year. this a read option, run heavy team that plays defense. thats its identity with TT. facts are facts.

  • SnBG

    Dallas is 1 against the pass so far, Scarey fo us with no passing game. KC has the 5th ranked D and Smith has a better rating than Pryor. Scarey for us. Jets maybe but Ginos passer rating is higher than Pryor. Against the pass our D is a bit better than the Jets but we have no Offense. Scarey for us.

  • SnBG

    We will see if Peyton is out of that game because they will be in a dog Fight with KC to win the division.

  • SnBG

    SD IMO is the most winable game .

  • 2romes

    I think the Raiders would take down Dallas. Cowboys are fluffy.

  • bcz24

    Dallas is 32nd against the pass brother. check that again. They are the worst not the best.

  • Raidertalk

    I actually like the conservative play calling that got us the win. TO AN EXTENT. If we would have handed the ball off more against the Washington Racists, not having Matt Flynn throw, we would have won that game. IMO.
    The only thing that put Pitts back in the game was the Ford fumbleruski(One of the worst games by a single player in a long time–but he’ll bounce back) and the lack of creativity and short passes on THIRD DOWN.
    Why not roll-out Pryor on third downs for short passes? if the coverage is there let him run for it. He gets tackled we still run clock, maybe gain a 1st down or 2 here and there.

  • Prometheus

    ford might get cut and charged with taking a bribe too. Pryor needs to stick to roll out short passes and the occasional play fake deep pass. thats it, rest of the offense is read option and a LOT of run plays 65% running

  • RaidingTexas

    Dallas mostly loses in shootouts though. The Raiders haven’t been in a shootout yet. Not sure if the offense is even capable of it.

  • Prometheus

    raiders would have to score points. dallas would just wear OAK down. but i don’t mind being wrong

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Many don’t quite get that about Pryor. He’s so good, he must be a good QB, right?

  • RaidingTexas

    Maybe that’s his point. The Raiders can’t even exploit the biggest Dallas weakness. Lol

  • Theghostronin79

    Pryor and DMO have been Money on the short slants, and Streater has been Money on the deep come-back…..There’s some bread and butter right there.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It’s not.

  • Prometheus

    short slants are good for TT.

  • 2romes

    I don’t know Dallas avg. scores but they got some high price and hyped players. You know, the kind of players that Dennis Allen and Raiders are trying to stay clear of. If the Raiders play defense the same way they have been playing they don’t have to worry about keeping up. Romo will give up ball and the game in the end.

  • RaidingTexas

    Greg Papa just said the same thing some of us are saying: GET A LEGIT WR FIRST!!! You have a QB that can avoid the rush. But the receivers don’t help him out.

  • RaiderGuy50

    agree – I noticed the same thing – their timing and ball delivery is a thing of beauty. Now, need to see that with other passes.

  • SnBG

    Ford isn’t bouncing back. He will be gone soon.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Do you deny that Hunter makes every excuse in the book when we win and is positively giddy when we lose?

  • Ron Mexico

    Okay lib:)

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    What’s LeBeau’s first name?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Streater and DMoore look ok to me. Loved their heads up play on TP’s run. And Moore is definitely faster than TP or Streater. Watch that play again.

  • RaidingTexas

    Blocking doesn’t mean they’re OK receivers. Your primary responsibilities are to get open and not drop balls. This squad doesn’t do those consistently.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I might take that back. Streater takes out Polamanure and closes fast. Here’s the GIF;

    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/10/27/5035564/terrelle-pryor-runs-into-record-books-on-first-play-vs-steelers

  • SnBG

    That turned out OK but it was a gamble.

  • SnBG

    Got to agree with this. Pryor also must get them the ball when they do get open. Did anyone see those passes Roger made to Nelson last night> Dude is super accurate.

  • SnBG

    Also a good QB must be able to throw his receivers open. It’s not all on the receivers. QB has to play better.

  • bcz24

    He goes by a nickname for Richard that happens to be a euphemism for the male genetalia…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You can say genetalia?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Will we ever get a new post?

  • SnBG

    You just posted one. Congrats

  • turf toe

    Tarver was a great hire.

  • Corebare32

    Here’s a new post: “Everytime I see 8 Steelers falling all over themselves in the box waiting to tackle McFadden only to look over their shoulders to see the Pryor’s number on the back of his jersey as he runs the other way with 4.3 speed, I laugh until there are tears in my eyes.” How’s that?