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Is Terrelle Pryor the Answer at Quarterback for the Raiders?

On Sunday, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor led his team to its first win of the season in front of the home crowd. Keep in mind this 19-9 victory did come against the Jacksonville Jaguars but a win is a win.

For the game, Pryor went 15-of-24 (a 62.5 percent completion rate), 126 yards and zero turnovers. He also ran for 50 yards.

The green quarterback will be remembered for the first victory but he’s also already being compared to his more impressive stats from the first week sans the fact it didn’t result in a win. In that game against the Indianapolis Colts, Pryor threw for 217 yards (a 65.5 percent completion percentage); he also ran for 112 yards but incurred two turnovers.

In Week 2, the turnovers were gone and so were some of the big plays. This led for less opportunities for Pryor to mess things up and as noted by CSNBayArea.com, he served as a game manager, which he appears o.k. with. For now.

Pryor said, “I feel like I did my job with the plays that were called in. I did my job and we got a ‘W.’ I’m very happy about it.”

After Week’s 1 stats, the quarterback”s second week numbers fell as the passing game evaporated and the team utilized its running game. Running back Darren McFadden shone with 19 carries for 129 yards. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski stayed busy with four successful field goals.

Pryor added of the different game against the Jaguars, “There weren’t a lot of opportunities to throw the ball today. The defense was playing well and we were running strong, so we didn’t need to throw much. We had a lead and the coaches wanted to keep grinding with the run. We did what we had to do to win.”

For now, Pryor appears to be the answer for this team. Raiders coach Dennis Allen appears happy and said of Pryor after the game, “Everything we do with Terrelle is a growing process. That’s what you deal with having young players. He also plays a position where there’s a lot of learning involved. Every play, every game is a learning experience.

“There were some good things he did in the game. There were some things we have to work on, but that’s part of football. We’ll keep working and he’ll keep getting better.”

You can’t help but ask, Matt Flynn Who at this point in time.

Pryor’s biggest test to date could come in Week 3 when the Raiders face the Denver Broncos on “Monday Night Football” in Denver. The Broncos have won three consecutive games in this series and will be heavily favored to win a fourth one.

Will Pryor become rattled if things don’t go his way? Can he really lead this team?

Good luck competing against this 2-0 Broncos team that for now looks unstoppable. The Raiders will need a combination of Good Pryor from Week 1 with his dynamic play and Week 2’s turnover-free quarterback but sprinkled with some more passing rather than relying on McFadden.

This game could really be Pryor’s Welcome to the NFL moment.

 

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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