Terrelle Pryor and the rest of the Oakland Raiders’ offense must show improvement against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. While the Raiders offense did play better than expected against the Colts on week one, they did so because of Pryor’s athletic ability not because of spectacular runs or catches by anybody else.
The Raider Nation should be cautiously enthusiastic about Pryor’s raw potential but he showed that he has major weaknesses in the passing game. On both of Pryor’s red zone interceptions, Pryor had all the time in the world to find an open receiver but he made an errant throw. Defenses will start to adjust to Pryor’s running ability so he must find a way to make big plays with his arm.
There has been a lot made of the offensive lines great performance against the Colts because they only allowed 1 sack. However, I watched game film of the Colts game and counted at least 10 times that Pryor scrambled away from a would be sack. You can guarantee that the Jaguars will adjust to Pryor’s scrambling so the offensive line must give him time to find an open receiver.
In order for the Raiders to win on Sunday, Darren McFadden and the running backs must have a big day. McFadden looked awful against the Colts so he must show that he is not washed up. If McFadden could get going on the ground, he will open up the read option and play action throws for Pryor.
The Raiders must treat Sunday’s game against the Jaguars as a must win game. In order for the Raiders to have any chance to make a run this year they must dominate teams like the Jaguars, especially in front of the raucous Raider Nation.