The Oakland Raiders had both of their most electric offensive weapons out yesterday with injuries.
A 28-23 win over the Houston Texans may be the reason some personnel changes are made in the Raiders’ starting lineup. Undrafted rookie free agent quarterback Matt McGloin took over the reins for an injured Terrelle Pyror and performed at a level that has yet to be seen by the man he replaced.
McGloin gave the Raiders’ offense life, but more importantly won the game. He threw three touchdown passes and lead them to more points then they’ve scored all season. More importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over against a stingy Texans defense.
There is a now a quarterback controversy in Oakland that we may not know the resolution of for some time. McGloin clearly outperformed Pryor during his debut as the Raiders’ starter. Not only has the mobile Pyror had multiple chances to win, but the Silver and Black cut Matt Flynn to give him the reins, and many believed he was the undisputed quarterback of the future with the flashes of brilliance he showed on a few separate occasions.
On another note, an injury-prone Darren McFadden may have written his ticket out of Oakland with the performance of running back Rashad Jennings, who rushed for 150 yards and a score. In the past, Jennings has shown that he isn’t flashy, but he is consistent.
McFadden is only averaging 3.6 yards per carry this season and over the span of three games, Jennings is averaging 6.0 yards per carry. An 80-yard run for a touchdown and the fact that Jennings remains healthy is more than an argument that he deserves the starting job for the Silver and Black.
It’s more than evident that the Raiders have some serious decisions to make moving forward.