For the sixth time since 2000, the A’s find themselves in the fifth and deciding game of an American League division series. They are 0-5 in those all-or-nothing contests, including 0-4 at home.
There have been plenty of Game 3s and Game 4s in that span, too, where victory would have sent the A’s to the next round. But the A’s are 1-11 in potential series-clinching games, including a Game 4 loss at Detroit on Tuesday. The lone victory came in 2006, when they swept the Minnesota Twins — only to be swept by the Tigers for the pennant in the A.L. Championship Series.
- John Branch, New York Times
For all the attention focused on Pryor’s ability to extend plays with his feet, the fact is his passing statistics have him in the realm of the NFL’s top quarterbacks.
Pryor’s 97.6 passer rating ranks behind Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan. His completion percentage of 68.3 trails only Manning (75.8), Rivers (73.7), Romo (71.8), Brees (69.7) and Ryan (69.3).
And it’s not all because Pryor is breaking outside and finding receivers on scramble drills. According to ESPN stats and Information, Pryor’s 72.7 completion percentage in the pocket is fourth in the NFL, ahead of both Brees and Rodgers.
Some of Pryor’s success has to do with Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson furnishing him with the routes he throws best. But there is little doubt Pryor has come a long way in a short time as a passer.
– Jerry McDonald, San Jose Mercury News
The San Jose Earthquakes took all three points in a vital 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Chris Wondolowki scored the vital goal in the 69th minute, heading in Shea Salinas’ corner kick past Clint Irwin to make it 1-0. The goal was his 10th on the year, marking the fourth straight season the Bay Area native has made it to double digit goals.
The victory moves the Quakes (13-11-8) to sixth place, just a point behind Colorado (13-10-9) in the final playoff spot.
– Keith Hickey, Goal.com