Sunday, September 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Colts 21, Raiders 17
By Paul Gutierrez
INDIANAPOLIS -- My thoughts on the Oakland Raiders' 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
What it means: With so many questions about his skill set translating to the NFL, Terrelle Pryor, in his second career start, put on a show. Besides becoming the 25th player since the NFL merger in 1970 to both rush and pass for at least 100 yards in a game, Pryor set a franchise record for rushing yards by a quarterback, running for a game-high 112 yards to eclipse the 85 yards Rich Gannon scampered for against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 8, 2000. Pryor also threw for 217 yards and a touchdown on 19 of 29 passing. He was intercepted in the end zone, though, on the game’s opening drive and had troubles getting the snap off at times. Pryor had the Raiders on the Colts' 8-yard line in the final minute but took a sack and was picked off at the 5-yard line to end the threat.
Stock watch: Defense rising. As big a story as Pryor was, the Raiders’ defense flashed just as much, if not more. Sure, the unit gave up touchdown-scoring drives of 89 and 69 yards the first two times the Colts had the ball, and then allowed a 19-yard TD run by Andrew Luck that gave Indianapolis the 21-17 lead with 5:20 to play. But in between, the Raiders shut the Colts offense down, sacking Luck four times, one each by Tyvon Branch, Lamarr Houston, Tracy Porter and Jason Hunter, and authoring numerous three-and-outs.
Automatic SeaBass?: Sebastian Janikowski missed only three field goals last season, all from beyond 50 yards. So when he missed his first attempt of the day, a 48-yarder at the end of the first half, eyebrows were raised. The first-round draft pick of the 2000 draft made a 38-yarder but the miss will haunt the Raiders.
What's next: The Raiders (0-1) play host to the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) next Sunday in Oakland’s home opener at the O.co Coliseum. The Raiders beat the Jaguars in overtime last season, 26-23, in Oakland.