Late last night, the Oakland Raiders hosted the San Diego Chargers in a special presentation of “Thursday Night Football on Sunday Night” on NFL Network. The game was pushed back to 11:35PM EST kickoff because of the Oakland A’s hosting a playoff game the night before at the Coliseum. The Raiders were forced to play without their star RB Darren McFadden and entered the matchup at 4.5 point underdogs.
Terrelle Pryor got off to a hot start, throwing 2 touchdowns on his first 8 passes. The Raiders tallied a late FG to take a 17-0 into half. A Charles Woodson fumble return for a TD made it 24-3 entering the 4th quarter. Chargers QB Phillip Rivers tossed 2 touchdowns to tighten the gap to 24-10. Pryor then led an effective drive, setting up a crucial field goal and eating nearly six minutes of clock. Janikowski drilled the 50-yard field goal and after a long drive, Rivers threw an interception in the red zone to end the comeback attempt.
Pryor was incredibly efficient, completing 18 of 23 passes for 221 yards and 2 TD. He also chipped in to the running game adding 31 yards. Pryor on the year has now thrown for 845 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He also leads the Raiders with 229 yards on the ground. Pryor’s QBR of 53.8 ranks 14th in the NFL, ahead of both Tom Brady and Alex Smith. Looking ahead for the Raiders, week 6 brings a tough matchup with the undefeated Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. However, following the week 7 bye, the Raiders will have a relatively easy four game stretch against the Steelers, Eagles, Giants and Texans (combined record: 4-15).