There has been a lot of talk about Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s performance against the Colts on Sunday. Pryor helped silence his critics by almost leading the Raiders to a victory against a playoff caliber team. Not only did Pryor have a decent game through the air by going 19/29 for 217 yards but he also rushed for 112 yards.
One of the most surprising stats from Sunday’s game was that Pryor was only sacked one time. During the preseason, supposed starting quarterback Matt Flynn seemed to get sacked or flustered every time he dropped back for a pass. While the Raiders offensive line did show some improvement, the lack of sacks can directly be attributed to Terrelle Pyor’s athleticism.
I counted 10 times that Pryor turned a would be sack or quarterback hit into a completion or a run. If Flynn was the starting quarterback on Sunday, the Raiders would have been blown out by the Colts because of Flynn’s inability to avoid the rush. Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen did call some running plays for Pryor but a big chunk of Pryor’s rushing yards came on improvised runs, including his 29 yard scamper in the second quarter.
The problem with Pryor is that he makes dumbfounding throws at the worst possible time. There was no pass rush whatsoever on both of Pryor’s interception throws. In order for Pryor to become a reliable NFL quarterback he must improve his decision making.
Although the Raiders lost a heartbreaking game on Sunday, Pryor showed that he is the only viable starting quarterback for the 2013 Oakland Raiders. I can’t wait to see how Pryor progresses over the next 15 games.