In perhaps the biggest game of his career, Terrelle Pryor failed to seize his moment on Thursday night.
After starting the game for the injured Matt Flynn (who was nursing a sore elbow), Pryor played very average compared to the gem that he put up last week against Chicago.
That performance was when Pryor completed seven of his nine pass attempts for 93 yards while also adding 37 rushing yards. He led Oakland to 20 points on five drives and at that point, had many people sold to the idea of him taking over the Raiders’ offense.
But Pryor only completed three of his eight pass attempts Thursday night and also added in 48 rushing yards on three attempts. That included a beautiful 25-yard run which put his supreme athleticism on full display.
But the bottom line is that Pryor failed to play up to par with his potential, and now Dennis Allen has a choice to make. I still don’t see this as a tough decision, as Flynn has shown over and over again that he is lacking the necessary throwing arm and athleticism to keep his starting job. Pryor has definitely outplayed him throughout this preseason and I believe that Allen should have already realized by now that Pryor is their guy.
In other news, rookie lineman Menelik Watson lined up at left tackle and actually looked solid. After playing right tackle his whole career, the Raiders weren’t sure what they would be getting out of him on the other side.
First-round draft pick D.J. Hayden also played a great game. He wasn’t targeted much throughout the course of the game, and that tends to be a good thing.
Star running back Darren McFadden sat out again but will be ready for the Raiders’ season opener in Indianapolis next week.
The 22-6 final score left the Raiders heading into the locker room with their third straight preseason loss. With the NFL regular season just under a week away, the Raiders need to make some adjustments and make sure that their team is ready to go come Week 1.