It was always going to be a tough task for inexperienced quarterback Terrelle Pryor to beat the great Peyton Manning in Denver on Monday night football. Although the Oakland Raiders were totally outclassed by the Super Bowl favorite Denver Broncos, Pryor should be proud of his performance.
Pryor was once again forced to single handedly move the Raiders offense as Darren McFadden was shut down by the Broncos. With a makeshift offensive line and inexperienced receivers, Pryor did enough to prove that he should be the Raiders quarterback of the future.
The Broncos defense tried to force Pryor into becoming a pocket quarterback which actually worked into Pryor’s advantage. It seems like Pryor is light years ahead of his week one self as he not only made some impressive throws but did not turn over the ball in the pocket. Even when Stefen Wisniewski snapped the ball over Pryor’s head into the End Zone, Pryor looked composed as he picked the ball up and tried to throw the ball to a receiver. Most quarterbacks would have taken the safety or allowed a touchdown.
Although Pryor’s number one target Rod Streater was shut down for most of the game, Pryor found great rapport with the inconsistent Denarius Moore. Pryor finished the game 19/28 for 281 yards and no interceptions while also running the ball for 36 yards.
At the end of the fourth quarter, Pryor was rocked hard by the Denver defense and was forced to leave the game. It looked like Pryor was momentarily unconscious on the field so a concussion is highly possible. (UPDATE: Pryor did receive a concussion) Hopefully, Pryor can be ready for next week’s exciting matchup against RGIII and the Washington Redskins.