Rough game. Just absolutely rough. The defense was awful, the running game was non-existent and the o-line forgot how to protect the quarterback.
Somehow, Pryor was able to complete 19 of 28 passes for 281 yards and no picks. He had a 112.4 passer rating in a game where he had absolutely no help. He was able to escape the non-stop pressure and turn busted plays into gains. He was calm despite having defensive lineman in the backfield almost immediately after the snap.
Unfortunately Pryor was hit hard helmet to helmet in the 4th quarter and left with a concussion. Flynn came in and on his first pass attempt was promptly put on the ground. We have to hope that Pryor is able to come back on Sunday because he is the only shot this team has against Washington - or any team for that matter.
The defense was gassed early due to a number of 3 and outs on offense. I'm not sure why Tarver left them in their original coverage when it was apparent that Manning was making adjustments based on what the defense showed. Move around, cause confusion, even if you end up in the original coverage you started with. But to stand there and just wait... Peyton simply carved them up.
The other than Pryor positives: Olsen remembered Reece was on the team, the defense forced a couple turnovers, Darren McFadden scored twice (even though he threw for more yards than he ran), Denarius Moore found his hands, and the appliance store in Denver will not have to give out free stuff since the Raiders weren't blown out.
It is clear this team has a lot of work to do and with so many new players, chemistry must be built on the fly. I hope the team can move on from this loss and keep working to get better. When they see the breakdown on film, it's going to be difficult to ignore the blown coverages, awful tackling, dropped balls, and lack of protection.
It's a short week. Back to work.