Nobody is giving the Oakland Raiders a chance to defeat the Denver Broncos on Monday night. That is exactly what makes the Raiders a very dangerous team to play. The fact that Oakland is ranked second in the NFL in rushing yards per game (198.5) is something the Broncos cannot look past. More importantly, it is imperative that they keep quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the pocket.
Pryor has rushed for 162 yards on 22 attempts in two games this season. Allowing him to run amuck is something that could be detrimental to Denver because it will keep the chains moving, which will keep quarterback Peyton Manning and the offense on the bench.
“I know if I have pressure and guys get in, that’s when I think about running,” Pryor said, according to FoxNews.com. “I’m not going to take hits, but if I have a pocket that’s open and I know that I can set there and go through all my progressions, I’m going to do it. But if I can’t, of course, I’m going to use my God-given ability.”
The 24-year-old may want to stay put and let his arm do all the work. However, it is obvious that he is a running quarterback. Containing him is essential if the Broncos want to win, especially since he is only averaging 157.5 yards through the air this season.
Denver will also have to stop running back Darren McFadden, which will be no easy task. McFadden has rushed for 177 yards on 36 carries in two games. With both Pryor and him to worry about, there is no question the running game is certainly something that cannot be allowed to get out of control.
The good news is the Broncos have been fantastic against the run this season. For that reason, it will be a very entertaining game whenever the Raiders decide to implement their impressive rushing attack.