Oakland Raiders Lose to the Indianapolis Colts 17-21: Game Review

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Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater (80) is defended by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Offensively, it was the Terrelle Pryor show.  He is a force to be reckoned with, and he showed that he has the ability to keep the chains moving with his legs.  Passing was actually decent, but there were some decisions he made that were questionable, and that is being nice.  Wide receiver Rod Streater emerged as Pryor’s go-to guy, and he had 5 receptions for 70 yards.  WR-Denarius Moore also had 5 receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown.  RB-Darren McFadden rushed 17 times for 48 yards and a touchdown, plus he had 3 receptions for 18 yards.  Pryor completed 19 passes out of 29 attempts for 217 yards.  He had one touchdown pass (D. Moore) and 2 interceptions thrown.  The offensive line held up and held their own.  Barnes did a fair job on the left side, and Pashos proved that he belongs at right tackle.

Now to the negatives.  Simply put, Pryor made two very costly passing mistakes, and he failed to throw the ball away and was sacked for a loss of 15 yards on a 2nd and goal.  Decision making is a sign of maturity.  His decision to hesitate on throwing the ball right away to Streater cost him the first of two interceptions.  The second interception was just a poor decision that he rushed.  Had Pryor waited and led Streater, there might have been a better chance for a touchdown.  I could “Monday Morning Quarterback” Pryor’s interceptions all I want, but I’m going to chalk this up to growing pains.  Now Pryor will have some film to watch and learn from his mistakes.  The running game needs to emerge, but Pryor had most of those yards (112 rushing yards).

The defense got off to a very slow start.  DB-Tracy Porter got ate up for 5 costly passing plays that kept the drive alive for the Colts and ultimately cost the Raiders a touchdown.  The defense allowed 14 unanswered points in the first quarter, but they held the Colts out of the end zone until the 4th quarter.  This allowed the offense to catch up, and it gave the Raiders a chance to win.  I don’t have too many negatives to say about the defense, because they played a pretty good game.  They were tough and, again, they kept the game within reach of our offense.

Be proud Raider Nation, all the pundits stated that the Colts would roll over the Oakland Raiders.  That didn’t happen.  The NFL learned that the Raiders are better than expected.  Keep the faith Raider Nation, it’s going to get better.  Opposing teams will have to game-plan for a much improved and stronger defense, an explosive offense with many weapons, and there will be no “roll over games” against the Raiders.

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