Despite throwing for 217 yards and rushing for 112 more, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor did not think too highly of his performance against the Colts on Sunday.
“I did awful, I thought,” said Pryor. “Two interceptions, could have won the game, had them on the ropes down there and that’s all that matters.”
Pryor did make some questionable decisions, but that comes with the territory when a team decides to start an inexperienced and raw quarterback. While many believed Pryor showed well in the Raiders’ opener, he obviously is not satisfied with his performance.
However, his teammates seem to believe in him. Veteran Charles Woodson spoke about Pryor with Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle:
“Hey man, keep your head up, because the way he played gave us a chance to win and that’s all we can ask of him,” Woodson said. “There are a lot of people that don’t think much of Terrelle Pryor and don’t think much of a lot of people on this team, but he gave us a chance to win.”
The Raiders did indeed have a chance to win, as they led 17-14 at one point in the fourth quarter, only to see the Colts jump in front on an Andrew Luck rushing touchdown. Oakland’s final attempt to retake the lead was thwarted when Pryor was intercepted at the 5-yard line on a third down play.
Nevertheless, not many expected the Raiders would even be competitive against a playoff-caliber team like the Colts. Woodson is right; Pryor gave them a chance to win, and the young starting quarterback does not need to be so hard on himself.