For anyone else who actually stayed up until 3am on Sunday night/Monday morning because you
just could not get enough NFL action for one day, the final score at the end of the game between Oakland and the Chargers was a bit of a shock.
I think the Raiders might be the real deal.
I think Terrelle Pryor might be too.
It is about time.
Phillip Rivers threw for over 400 yards and 2 TDs but also threw 3 interceptions while Pryor threw for half the yards but still came out with a pair of TD passes and the Raiders survived a late surge by the Chargers, and held on for a 10-point win, 27-17 on home turf.
Oakland and San Diego now share an identical 2-3 record in the AFC West division.
Just when Oakland’s lead seemed like it was slipping away in that fourth quarter (San Diego put together 14 points compared to Oakland’s three in that fourth quarter), Pryor turned a broken play into a big one that helped to seal the deal.
Pryor turned what looked like a sure sack into a conversion on a third-and-long and that cemented the victory.
“That’s what the kid brings to us,” coach Dennis Allen said. “Terrelle brings that ability when things aren’t right, when things break down, he brings that ability to make plays.”
He also completed his first 10 passes which resulted in two touchdowns (to Rod Streater and to Denarius Moore). The Streater score was a 44-yard toss.
I think Oakland has found a quarterback.
They also used the defense to cause five Charger turnovers and when someone turns the ball over five times in one game, usually the other team will win.
Charles Woodson tied an NFL record with his 13th defensive touchdown and then sealed the win with a late interception as the two most popular Raiders turned this rare late-night start into a celebration.
“That definitely builds confidence, but you have to keep striking,” Pryor said. “I’m excited we started fast and got the win.”
Chargers were playing without a few key ingredients on Sunday, including injured starting offensive linemen King Dunlap and Chad Rinehart.
They also lost running back Ryan Mathews to a concussion in the first half.
The Raiders were without starting offensive linemen Stefen Wisniewski and Tony Pashos, as well as running back Darren McFadden. But Pryor and Woodson helped make sure that didn’t matter.
The game was shifted to a late-night start to allow time to convert the Coliseum to its football configuration after the Oakland Athletics played a baseball playoff game here Saturday night. The process took about 18 hours and was completed around 3:30 p.m., more than five hours before kickoff at 8:35 p.m.Oakland’s 17-0 halftime lead was its biggest at home since 2002. … The Raiders had no interceptions coming into the game. … Rivers had three career 400-yard passing games before doing it three times in the past four weeks. … Raiders RB Rashad Jennings left in the first half with a hamstring injury.
Oakland’s next challenge comes this Sunday in Kansas City against an upstart Chiefs club who has started the season 5-0. The Raiders enjoy their bye week after that.