Although the Raiders lost to the Colts this afternoon, Buckeye alum Terrelle Pryor was very impressive in his season debut under center.
Pryor was 19-29 for 217 yards and a touchdown pass. While he didn’t tie the record for passing touchdowns in a game like Peyton Manning did on Thursday, Pryor proved that he was more than capable of running a pro offense, completing passes to eight different receivers and finding Denarius Moore for a touchdown and tight end Jeron Mastrud for a 41-yard gain.
Pryor did have two interceptions in the red zone, showing his age a bit as that’s the mistake of a young quarterback. However, that’s a sign of trying to do too much, and Pryor will, in all likelihood, improve with time.
Pryor also had a flashy performance on the ground, rushing for 112 yards and a touchdown. Pryor was Oakland’s leading rusher, outgaining starting running back Darren McFadden by 64 yards. While Pryor was only named the Week 1 starter, he certainly put together a solid case to at least get another look next week, if not be named the starter outright.
The Raiders may not win the Super Bowl this season, but if Pryor has continue to perform like he did today, teams will certainly have to take them more seriously each week. The Colts defense is not one to take lightly, and Pryor put up solid numbers in his first week with this new group. With a few more weeks of seeing live regular season action, Pryor could slowly work his way into the discussion as one of the better young quarterbacks in football.