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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.

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September 24, 2013  01:59 PM ET
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No scheme or coaching decisions could have made up for what was a clear gap in talent. Manning is just ridiculous. Pryor played really well - too bad he has no recollection of it today. I disagree though that he's the only shot we have against Washington. I'm not thrilled about the possibility of Flynn, but I think at home against a very subpar D, not to mention a gimpy RGIII, we stand a good chance of getting the W. One thing I LOVE about these post-Al Raiders - they never give up. The pre-2012 Raiders would have absolutely given up at halftime and mailed it in. This team kept fighting until the bitter end. Take the positives that you can out of it.

Did you see the stat where of Manning's 5 incompletions, 4 of them were drops? He's like a damn surgeon. I hate him.

I agree that there is fight in this team. They are all playing for their football lives.

September 24, 2013  03:50 PM ET

I can't complain too much on the Raiders.. McFadden did get me 14 points vs Denver in my FF league

September 24, 2013  03:50 PM ET
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0 0a

And what the hell is this thing??..

September 24, 2013  03:59 PM ET
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And what the hell is this thing??..

LOL - that thing made the twitterverse go insane thinking it was the Raiders new mascot. It was kinda funny actually!

It's a character for Nickelodeon's NFL Rush Fantasy Football for kids.

September 24, 2013  04:42 PM ET
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And what the hell is this thing??..

DJ's side gig IMHO.

September 24, 2013  04:45 PM ET

I thought Pryor played very well on Prime Time.

Now the Raiders have to invest on the defensive side this coming off season, get some WRs or get Moss, TO and Ocho-cinco out of retirement. [ JK ]

September 24, 2013  06:01 PM ET

I think they could win 6 or maybe 8 this year, well maybe only 5, ah what the heck do I know.

They are more fun to watch this season that is for sure.

September 24, 2013  06:33 PM ET
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I thought Pryor played very well on Prime Time. Now the Raiders have to invest on the defensive side this coming off season, get some WRs or get Moss, TO and Ocho-cinco out of retirement. [ JK ]

Pryor played great - didn't let the limelight get to him.

Next off season, there will be a lot of money available to either re-sign some current players or go out and get some veteran talent.

It's pretty amazing that the team is doing as well as it is with half the payroll of other teams.

September 24, 2013  06:36 PM ET
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I think they could win 6 or maybe 8 this year, well maybe only 5, ah what the heck do I know.They are more fun to watch this season that is for sure.

A couple of the 'W's' I had on the schedule are looking a little different now. Seems quite a few teams are more (or less) than we thought they were at the beginning of the season. But you're right, they are a lot more fun to watch this year!

September 24, 2013  07:26 PM ET
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A couple of the 'W's' I had on the schedule are looking a little different now. Seems quite a few teams are more (or less) than we thought they were at the beginning of the season. But you're right, they are a lot more fun to watch this year!

Keeping Ford and Moore on the field will go a long way to help Prior's development and Reese could be a real asset also.

September 24, 2013  07:56 PM ET
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Keeping Ford and Moore on the field will go a long way to help Prior's development and Reese could be a real asset also.

I wish Reece would get the ball more. When DMC went down last year, he was awesome both running and receiving. He's a great blocker, and I understand that the oline needs him to do that, but he needs to see the ball more IMO.

September 25, 2013  06:15 PM ET

Now that Freeman is asking for a trade what do you think of the possibility they swap Flynn for Freeman?

Flynn's game is radically different from Pryor and maybe a switch for all concerned would work.


OK I know this is a stretch but it is Wednesday and not much else to talk about.

Funny how everyone has laughed at the Raiders yet they have the same record as a superbowl contender across the bay:)

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September 25, 2013  06:25 PM ET
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Now that Freeman is asking for a trade what do you think of the possibility they swap Flynn for Freeman?

I sure hope it's as possible as me at this moment, instantly teleporting to a planet orbiting a star in the Andromeda Galaxy....unless they can unload a shitload of money as part of the transaction.

Flynn will only play a game or two so I'm not concerned about who's number 2. Not going to the playoffs this year, so the time is there to find out everything we can about Pryor.

September 25, 2013  06:30 PM ET
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It's fun to listen to 9er fans dog Kaepernick, and I enjoy pointing out that Pryor has much better stats so far this year. Don't know how long that'll continue, but I'll go to it until I can't anymore.I think Freeman's salary and Flynn's salary - and the corresponding cap hits - negate a possibility of a trade for either team. Nor do I think Freeman would be a guy the Raiders would bring in at this point anyway. Pryor is making the most of his shot, and right now the brass wants to see what they have I think - there's a lot of good college QBs coming out in next year's draft and they need to know if they'll have to draft one. Besides, last time the Raiders traded for a QB during the season... um... that didn't work out so well.

Are you referring to The Snake for Pastorini?

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September 25, 2013  06:33 PM ET
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Are you referring to The Snake for Pastorini?

That was a better trade than a 1 and a 2 for Palmer.

September 25, 2013  06:34 PM ET

Actually The Snake for Pastorini in the end worked out great, it put Plunkett in and he only went on to win 2 Super Bowls.

They should have started him in 1985, I was at the L.A. Colosseum when Marc (should I throw an interception or get sacked on this play) Wilson started against the Pats and between him and Reggie Roby we gave them 21 points on a platter.

 
September 25, 2013  06:39 PM ET

Dumb question about the availability of Pryor for Sunday from Allen's presser of today...."Are you prepared to move without him?"

What the hell did the dumb broad think his answer would be? "No ma'am, we are unable to function if Terrelle Pryor is unavailable so we will be forfeiting all games until he is again cleared to play".

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