Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at O.co Coliseum. The Chicago Bears defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Still Have Many Unanswered Questions


With one game to go in the preseason, you can take the negative road, and say all the things that have been said for the last 11 years. Or you can change the tune, and pick out the good things and build on it.

The Oakland Raiders lost to the Chicago Bears. No doubt about it. Looking at the scoreboard after the game it said “Bears 34, Raiders 26.”

Yes, it’s just preseason, but you want to win no matter what…checkers, old maid, pick up sticks…everyone wants to win.

Last week, it was a week of discovery; we discovered that the Raiders need a pass rush and a secondary that will cover. Together, it could form a cohesive defense that could give problems to many teams.

Guess what we discovered after Friday night’s game? The Raiders still don’t have a cohesive group.

The secondary gave up way too many completions in voided areas of the field. Besides Joselio Hansen’s interception, the play of the secondary was uninspiring.

To make things even cloudier, Mike Jenkins threw himself into the fire again, playing well below his anticipated ability. D.J. Hayden got a free pass and a pat on the back for his deflected pass off of a Jay Cuttler throw.

Here’s a heads up to the front seven of the Raiders defense: the Bears had 167 yards on the ground. They don’t need to throw if they get those kinds of numbers. That really is impressive for the Bears to gain that much yardage: Matt Forte with 76 yards, Michael Bush has 19 yards and two touchdowns. Then, rookie Michael Ford added 58 yards and a touchdown. Did I miss anyone?

Head coach Dennis Allen said, “I don’t think the speed was good, I didn’t think the tackling was good enough, and we made too many mistakes and errors.”

REALLY? You could see all that from the nose bleed seats. Come on man!

Where is Pat Sims? He has missed three preseason games, and it could be the entire preseason. The Raiders replaced the large mounds of mass and non-destruction for faster, quicker, and more agile players. We have yet to see that aspect of Reggie’s Raiders.

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Stepping up on the defensive side of the ball was Sio Moore, who is looking to be a difference maker. He provides consistency on the defensive side of theball, makes big plays, and puts pressure on the offense.

Jack Crawford was also playing more while working at two positions, defensive end and defensive tackle.

A game ball should go to Sebastian Janikowski with his 58-yard field goal off the dirt. That’s old school!

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Matt Flynn vs. Terrelle Pryor: who gets the game one start? Matt Flynn has the starting position and it is his to lose. Many people have forgotten that a running QB has never won the Super Bowl.

Who knows why Flynn is playing so poorly right now? He hasn’t played to his performance level yet, ;ooking shaky, and Palmer-ish in his first three starts.

I mean that in the negative way: interceptions, bad decisions, and the internal three- second clock is not working. The offensive line continues to be porous, allowing defenses to sack Flynn, much like they did with Palmer.

Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) drops back for a pass against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at O.Co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, Pryor has nothing to lose. He can go out, play against the second-team defense, and look spectacular. He has shown improvement in his decision making. He did throw a laser strike against the Bears (May have been his best pass ever), and is using his feet in a more positive manner. He is reacting to situations, and making the best of it.

Between the two, Flynn is the better leader. He recognizes down and distance situations. He has a grasp of the playbook and what the Raiders are trying to do.

Pryor has always been the better athlete. He throws a better long ball and runs better than Flynn (Anyone in the stadium runs better than Flynn). However, Pryor is not consistent; he could not beat out Palmer and so far he has not beat out Flynn. Down the road, Pryor will get his chance.

The Raiders take on the Seahawks in the final preseason prep. A lot of questions still need to be answered.

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  • Tim Martindale

    Flynn is a flop Pryor is way better and he’s a better leader also. Flynn is a backup that’s it Pryor should have replaced Palmer but the coaches road him and look what happened. If Pryor doesn’t start day one Allen should b fired.

    • Blu Spikes

      From what has been said the starting job is Flynns, and it is his to lose. Flynn has stepped in form another organization, and picked up the scheme very well, you would expect a few speed bumps in his development. He played very stiff in the game against the Bears. Who knows why. Pryor has been with the Raiders for three years and should have had the inside to starting. The coaches and stafff know something.
      Thanks for posting.

  • Tony Bk

    I don’t know what games you’ve been watching!!!! Pryor, seems to have the grasp for the playbook. He’s calling audibles at the line making all the right plays. Flynn has looked like a rookie playing among MEN!!

    • Blu Spikes

      Heres some information that may help. Pryor is 7 out of 15 completions. a 46.7 percent completion. He has thrown 1 int. his longest pass is 23 yards. His rating is 40.1. Matt Flynn is 16 out of 21 completions.A 76 percent completions ratio. He has been sacked 6 times, his rating is 113.4. These stats are available at http://www.nfl.com
      Pryor is a Excellent athlete that has skills out the wazooo. He is still learning how to use those skills.
      Thanks for posting.

      • Tony Bk

        Ok the 3 games that they’ve played, Flynn was 19-27 180 yards 1TD 2 INT that gives him a rating of 70.0!! Pryor was 14-24 190 yards 1TD 1INT for a rating of 80.2 McGloin was15-31 for 238 yards 2 TD 3INT for a rating of 79.9. That’s beating him at the passing game. Pryor rushed for 83 yards on 11 carries. Thank You

        • Blu Spikes

          Your welcome, stats were from NFL.com. How did he do against the Saints? Every game counts. So he played well in this game, so let’s start up the band wagon. It not who’s hot, and who’s not— it’s play the consistent players. With Run DMC out it was like watching last year, no running game and if you have to rely on the pass every play you are setting yourself up for failure. do you think the raiders are rethinking trading Michael Bush?
          thanks for posting.

          • Tony Bk

            Pryor against the Saints, look like Flynn against the Bears. You talk about running game. That’s the element he has that Flynn doesn’t have that helps the Raiders. Yes they do miss M. Bush

          • Blu Spikes

            Amen, Everyone in the stadium could probably run faster than Flynn. Do you want your QB to run? Flacco, Both Mannings, Smith, Rogers, Brady, Lick, Romo, Schaub all excellent pocket passers. (There are many more) The QBs that run RG!!!, Vick, Newton, once they get hit that phase of the game is over. If your QB get hit because of a lack of a proficient offensive line you have bigger problems.
            Thanks for posting!

  • Angel

    Pryor’s game vs the bears. Didn’t Pryor have a 146.00 QB rating??? I’m not saying his passer rating, 146 is good. Starting with the cowboy game. Something felt different about Pryor when he came out on the field. He brings an energy. It’s about time…

    • Blu Spikes

      The stats were for all three preseason games. Your are very correct he brings a certain energy with him when he steps on the field. He may be the best athlete on the field for both teams. Thanks for posting.

  • Silvia Arredondo

    I love what TP CAN DO AND IS DOING. But the most important question on my mind is: WILL HE BE CONSISTANT? CAN HE BE CONSISTANT? I hope so. Not just for 2-3 games but for the whole season.

    • Blu Spikes

      What an athlete- he runs, throws, moves the team down the field. When he is in at the helm it feels like organized chaos; you don’t know what to expect. On camera he has that deer in the headlight look. Do I throw or do I run, his feet are his best asset. Run first throw second. The Seahawk game will be the tell of the tape. You may see him in with the ones to see how he plays against better competition.
      thanks for posting.

  • Josh Boone

    I think you could argue that Flynn has the inside track since he was in Green Bay with Reggie. I feel Pryor is working his butt off and has had to learn a new system every year he’s been in the league. This is new to him the same it is to Flynn.