The Oakland Raiders take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Oakland today to try and snap a three game losing streak. While the chances of the struggling bay city team beating the Chiefs, who are trying to bring their record to 11-3 which would tie them with the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots (if they beat the Miami Dolphins) for best in the AFC, is not likely. If Matt Mcgloin plays poorly, Terrelle Pryor will get more time under center this game, and if he plays well, should start against the San Diego Chargers next week.
Mcgloin has definitely played better than anticipated but in reality, he barely beat the now 2-12 Houston Texans, and has now lost 3 straight winnable games and has officially taken Oakland out of playoff contention. He may be a better passer, and the run game has seemed to increase but a win is a win and Pryor is a better winner than Mcgloin.
Pryor went 3-6 before getting hurt, and Mcgloin has gone 1-3. Mcgloin’s losses also came against the Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Jets. If he gets blown out today, which wouldn’t surprise anyone, he will be 1-4 and even if he did look “promising” at first, you can’t argue with the numbers and it will be time to bring back Pryor who lost his job due to injury.
Pryor wouldn’t necesarrily have a better chance today against the Chiefs who destroyed him in Kansas City, but he did beat the Chargers in week 5 and would probably have a better chance of doing it again, although San Diego is coming off of a huge win against the Broncos Thursday.
In reality the Oakland Raiders are completely out of the playoff chase this year and they might as well put Pryor back in because he is a better long term solution for the future. Lets not forget that if Nick Foles remains the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Vick will be searching for a new quarterback position and he would be a great quarterback to learn from if Pryor isn’t ready to start just yet.