Pryor spelled McGloin on the Raiders’ third series of the day and, after the offense stalled under the undrafted rookie, Pryor led Oakland on a 14-play, 58-yard drive that culminated with a 41-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal.
But as called for by the game plan, McGloin returned to the field and Pryor to the sidelines.
The game plan, though, did not call for the Raiders to be pinned at their own 2-yard line for McGloin’s return, nor for McGloin to throw an interception to Ed Reed that was returned to the 4-yard line.
Nor was it to have McGloin go three and out and have Marquette King’s punt blocked and returned for a touchdown to put the Raiders in a 20-3 hole on the next series before stalling at midfield on the following possession and punting again.
McGloin said leaving the game and then returning was not optimal for him, though he knew it was coming.
“Anytime you have quarterbacks coming in and out, especially in cold weather, it gets difficult sometimes,” he said after the game. “But it’s not an excuse or anything like that for the way we played.”
At halftime, many wondered if the Raiders should go exclusively with Pryor in the second half.
“I would,” offered two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Tom Flores on the team’s radio broadcast.
But McGloin returned and found a rhythm as Oakland scored on their first four possessions of the second half.
So if McGloin is the starter going forward -- the Raiders close out with three games against AFC West opponents -- what happens to Pryor, who started eight of Oakland’s first nine games and went 3-5?
“That’s something that we’ll game plan on a week in and week out basis, where we can use him and how we can use him,” Allen said.
“Matt’s obviously going to be the starting quarterback in this game and we’ll look at each game plan and see how we can utilize Terrelle and what skills we can use to take advantage of what the defense is doing.”