Although fans, critics and coaching staff alike all knew that exciting quarterback Terrelle Pryor would return to the field after missing last week’s game with a concussion, few had any idea how he would perform against a hot San Diego Chargers team coming off a tough win against the Dallas Cowboys.
Raiders fans can’t be happy enough with what they saw in Oakland’s 27-17 defeat of their AFC West division rival. Pryor turned broken plays into big ones, and made young Rod Streater and Denarius Moore look like potential Pro Bowlers.
On the first play of the game, Pryor hooked up with Streater on a beautiful 44-yard touchdown pass that couldn’t have been thrown any better, splitting two Chargers defenders. The young quarterback also completed his first 10 passes in a row and hooked up on what appeared to be a broken play with Moore for a two-yard touchdown catch. He ran when he had to, but made smart decisions with the football and didn’t turn it over.
Veteran defensive back Charles Woodson tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown on a 25-yard fumble recovery. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers still threw for 400 yards, but the Raiders’ defense forced mistakes as Rivers threw three interceptions and the defense forced a total of five turnovers.
There are some exciting things happening in Oakland right now, and with the return of a healthy Darren McFadden, the Raiders’ offense will only improve. Apparently, the couple extra hours of practice for the Raiders on Sunday night gave them the boost they needed, because they came out on fire.