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Well, here's the good news. After getting raped by Nick Foles for 7 TD's last week, the defense bounced back and had a very strong performance yesterday versus the Giants. Fourteen of the Giants 24 points were from special teams and offensive mistakes, and the D also held the G-men to a FG in the red zone on another important drive. Tracy Porter recorded his 10th career pick six. Andre Brown had a career game, unfortunately, and in the end that proved to be the defense's undoing.

Now for the bad. Terrelle Pryor was not right. He in fact, stunk it up bigtime. Limping around, barely able to run, Pryor was forced to rely not on his legs, but his arm and decision-making skills, both of which leave much to be desired. I don't know if it can be blamed all on Greg Olson's Knappish-like play-calling, or if he's just playing the cards he was dealt with. Rashard Jennings ran well (once again showing everyone how truly irrelevant Darren McFadden is to the Raiders future) and yet the Olson calls 60% pass plays? And rarely did any of those passes amount to anything but slant routes and screens. Or maybe TP has just peaked? Is Pryor our Tebow? Is it almost McGloin Time?

The game started as good as it gets, with the opening kickoff fumbled directly into the arms of Andre Holmes, who took it down to the 5 yard line. The glow of a lead was short-lived however. On the Raiders next possession, Pryor scrambled slowly nowhere, and missed a wide open Holmes streaking down the sidelines for what would have been a sure touchdown. Then on 4th down, disaster, as Marquette King's punt was blocked and returned for TD by the Giants.

The day continued with the Raiders getting a gift fumble from Peyton Hillis deep in Giants territory - as the Raiders ownage of Hillis continues with yet another team. But the offense did nothing with it, and the Raiders settled for a Janikowski FG. The Raiders offense aside from Jennings was already showing clear signs of ineptitude, and the rare flashes of a breakthrough were almost always tempered by that age-old Raider nuisance - the yellow flags. The Giants retook the lead, and despite great field position the Raiders could not take any kind of advantage due to sheer incompetence by the offense.

That's when Porter got his pick six. Let there be no doubt, Eli ain't no Peyton. And so at halftime, remarkably, the Raiders were up 17-14. Certainly this IS a different Raider team, as I don't think I've ever seen them play that badly and yet still be winning the game.

After the break, the Raiders responded with their best drive of the game. Chewing up clock, running right at the Giants, if not for a clutch tackle Jennings would have gone in for the score. We still had first and goal at the one. Up the middle for no gain - second down. Pryor tries to hit Moore in the back of the end zone, too far out of play - 3rd down. False start, now it's 3rd and 6. Pryor responds by throwing at Rod Streater's feet, and just like that all the momentum gained was gone. (Seriously, Pryor's throwing at the ground and intentional grounding penalties are getting real old, real fast).

As bad as everything was going offensively though, the Raiders still were in the position to win this game. Then Pryor throws a pick on a slant route (*ahem, definitely crappy play calling, Mr Olson) and just like that the Giants have it on our 5 yard line. (Although hurt, Pryor still was the fastest guy on the field and helped stop that from being a pick 6)

The Raiders should have won this game, no matter how badly the offense played because the D deserved to get the win today. Olson and Pryor let them down. But it's going down as an L and now the Raiders sit at 3-6. I'm not sure a gimpy Pryor gives us any better chance to win this year, but what's the option? Shut him down and go with McGloin? Yeah, that won't work. Blame that one on McKenzie considering Matt Flynn a viable option during the offseason. Certainly whether TP is really a franchise QB must be seriously questioned at this point.

I see progress in this team, but not enough.

November 11, 2013  12:24 PM ET

I'm just glad I didn't watch this game.... I don't know whats worse anymore, watching the Cowboys *** or reading about a so called "progress" in Oakland only to snap back into reality and seeing a 3-6 record.

November 11, 2013  01:41 PM ET

Nice recap of a very frustrating game. Looking at the remainder of the schedule, there might not be another win this season.

I think we'll see McGloin next week and that's frightening in and of itself.

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November 11, 2013  02:05 PM ET

The Raiders struggle bigtime in the second half.

Visiting Houston is going to be interesting with their new QB.

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November 11, 2013  02:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Did you even watch the first half? They looked like crap offensively. The best drive of the day was the opening 3rd quarter drive.

I was too busy basking in my 4-6 Rams' greatness.

November 11, 2013  02:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Did you even watch the first half? They looked like crap offensively. The best drive of the day was the opening 3rd quarter drive.

The comment was directed at the season on a whole, not just yesterday.

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November 11, 2013  02:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

So you're basing this on what historical perspective? That was true enough last season, but certainly not the seasons before that.

The Raiders have outscored their opponents in the first half this season, but have been outscored in the second half.

I'm talking about this season. Not sure where you got that I am talking about previous seasons.

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November 11, 2013  02:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The Raiders have outscored their opponents in the first half this season, but have been outscored in the second half.I'm talking about this season. Not sure where you got that I am talking about previous seasons.

Maybe he's just going off the assumption that you're an idiot.

November 11, 2013  03:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

The Raiders have outscored their opponents in the first half this season, but have been outscored in the second half.I'm talking about this season. Not sure where you got that I am talking about previous seasons.

I almost forgot. Die.

November 12, 2013  07:32 PM ET

Without doing the math, we got 4 posters here that are pushing 100,000 comments.

That is a lot of typing.

and
I agree the Raiders struggled all day, the offense was .... But they have a young QB that could develop with the correct coaching.

November 12, 2013  07:40 PM ET

The Raiders not winning anymore games could get them a top 5 pick, now that the rookie pay scale is in place they would be able to draft a top QB and give Pryor some competition and still afford to get all those free agency needs.

Are they still paying Matt Flynn?
Read Don Banks and he said Flynn has earned about $16.5 mil in his bizarre career before he resigned today with G.B.

November 13, 2013  12:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Without doing the math, we got 4 posters here that are pushing 100,000 comments.That is a lot of typing.and I agree the Raiders struggled all day, the offense was .... But they have a young QB that could develop with the correct coaching.

Those guys sure do comment a lot.

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November 13, 2013  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Without doing the math, we got 4 posters here that are pushing 100,000 comments.That is a lot of typing.and I agree the Raiders struggled all day, the offense was .... But they have a young QB that could develop with the correct coaching.

It would well exceed 100k were it not for the comment purge and a few account deletions...

November 13, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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Flynn is owed $6.5 million guaranteed from the Raiders. They get a little break every game check he gets from the Bills and now the Packers, which isn't much because he probably signed for the minimum.

That dude has more football lives than a cat.

 
November 13, 2013  11:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

The Raiders not winning anymore games could get them a top 5 pick, now that the rookie pay scale is in place they would be able to draft a top QB and give Pryor some competition and still afford to get all those free agency needs.Are they still paying Matt Flynn?Read Don Banks and he said Flynn has earned about $16.5 mil in his bizarre career before he resigned today with G.B.

They aren't going 3-13.

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