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Strong Second-Half Earns Matt McGloin Another Start Thanksgiving Day In Dallas

Nov 24, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans at O.co Coliseum. The Titans defeated the Raiders 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matt McGloin will make his third consecutive start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders on Thursday when they face the Dallas Cowboys at the JonesMajal … ahem … Arlington, Texas.

ESPN.com reported the decision Sunday night.

“Yeah, I thought Matt played well,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “And for him to lead us back when we needed a touchdown, he got us the touchdown we needed to give us the lead. We just couldn’t hold it defensively.”

McGloin was 19-for-32 for 260 yards with the late touchdown and an interception deep in Oakland’s end of the field that resulted in a Tennessee field goal in Sunday’s 23-19 loss to the Titans at O.co Coliseum.

The touchdown pass was a thing to see—McGloin hung tough in the pocket and took a big hit while putting the ball right on Marcel Reece’s hands down the left sideline for a 27-yard scoring play.

One problem McGloin had in the first half was with balls being batted down at the line of scrimmage by the Tennessee defensive front. At 6-foot-1, McGloin can sometimes get lost behind the big uglies up front, but he made some adjustments in the second half—after having four batted balls in the first half, the Titans didn’t get to one after intermission.

McGloin’s second half was a good one—11-for-15 for 155 yards and a score. Through three games, and two starts, McGloin is 44-for-79 (55.7 percent) for 544 yards and four touchdowns with just the one pick he threw Sunday. His passer rating is 88.8.

Terrelle Pryor was active and in uniform as McGloin’s backup, but didn’t see any action. He hasn’t played since Nov. 10, when the Raiders lost in New Jersey to the New York Giants.

Topics: Matt McGloin, NFL, Oakland Raiders

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