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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Tags: Andrew Luck Darius Heyward-Bey Darren McFadden Indianapolis Colts Nick Roach Oakland Raiders Raider Nation Rod Streater Terrelle Pryor Vick Ballard

  • Mark Shafer

    I was happy that the team as a whole played so well together. As you may remember it was not that way last year.
    I have high hopes that our defense will gel into something really good, since they have had so little time playing together. As far as Pryor goes I think he deserves to play this season as the starter and see how he developes.

  • James K

    We started with 28 new players against a Playoff Team and held our own!
    We will get better and the AFC West better not take us for granted!

  • Mark Shafer

    We came out of it with no serious injuries!

  • Raider3

    The no call on DHB was huge but it is what it is. We outplayed the Colts and yes, the first INT was not good but he will learn from each and every mistake he does. For the first time a long long time I have a ton of pride in my team and the future, especially that we have $50 million looming large next year.

  • Raider Grant

    I went to my local establishment to watch the game. I was the only Raider fan in the place & everyone was rooting for The Raiders…eventually! Even though they all smacked talked in the begging, it became the game of the morning & got flipped to center tv! I’m proud of our boys & 1st time I’ve heard haters root for silver & black! A Old Timer Packers fan made the comment “NFL will not let them win & watch refs gift wrap it for Luck!” I hate to say he was right, but when I player bear hugs our guy in front of the entire backfield officiating staff & no call made it was pretty pathetic. I didnt mention anything & people got mad ???? Could the hatred be turning??? Again I’m proud the way our team held it together & still could of won the game!!! Another individual stated there was only two penalties in Raiders favor & 12th man could of easily gave us back a holding or pi during our last red zone drive but of course no calls made. Im tired of playing the NFL & our opponents, but Al indulged in the adversity….and it wont change until we WIN in the face of it! Shane today put a smile on my soul brother ! Raider Nation for life!!!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    We have a good team, and they showed it yesterday. We contended against a playoff caliber team, and we could have won the game. I’m truly enlightened by the fact that Terrelle Pryor was extremely humble and took responsibility for the loss. He’s growing up before our eyes, and I can see him being the face of our organization. Look out Jacksonville, you thought the Chiefs were tough, you aint seen nothing yet…

  • Shane Schilperoort

    That’s just it, the calls or no calls are what they are…

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Huge upside! No injuries are key to winning this year.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Now the NFL might take notice?

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Huge difference than last year. It’s a team on the verge of finding its groove and becoming a contender in the AFC West.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    One thing that cracked me up about yesterday was listening to the broadcasters (Rich Gannon) go from saying that there was too many young players, not enough veterans, too much change and one year contracts within the Raiders organization for them to be winners. He flipped about half-way through the game and started commenting on how good the players were that DA and RM brought in. Figures…

  • Raider3

    Instant replay should be able to be used in cases like this. If Every TD is reviewed, then the non calls or the calls during that particular play should be accounted for as well. It want a hold, it was a mauling. What was cool to see was almost all of the Raider bashers on TV had a completely different tone to their voices on the shows.

  • Raider3

    Tommy Kelley and Richard Seymour we trouble that our team needed to get rid of.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    It doesn’t matter if there was instant replay for the non-call penalty, they still wouldn’t have called it, even though you can clearly see Hayden’s shoulders being turned. Oh well, let’s just win from here on out, decisively. Then, the NFL can’t do anything about it.

  • Mark from Section 122

    Much better than I guessed, and although I hate losing, I was pleased to see us back near to the form we had under Coach Jackson before “Wonder Boy” took over. But I digress……., as to the loss, it was a group effort. Jano’s missed field goal being #1, because if he had made it, Pryor wouldn’t have been in desperation mode in the last minute, King’s hold looked fine to me, I lay this on SeBas. Porter’s poor play at DB being #2, because he looked like he couldn’t cover a receiver standing still in the first half. Lastly, and even though he caught some, Demarius Moore’s lack of 110% effort being #3. That guy needs to start showing up in a big way and stop being merely present The rest, defense’s failing to cause turnovers, Pryor’s inexperience, bad calls and non-calls by the officials, Poor coaching decisions, such as not getting Marcel Reese more involved, The line not opening up lanes for Run DMc, etc., would not have been that big of a difference if #1-#3 had been addressed….but I’m happier than I have been in a long time.

  • James K

    This loss made us Hungry!
    We will get better!