The Oakland Raiders Will Contend in the AFC West

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Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; General view of the line of scrimmage as Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) takes the snap from center Stefen Wisniewski (61) against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

 

The game against the Indianapolis Colts was just the beginning for the Oakland Raiders.  Newspaper articles, blog posts, and other headlines speak of the Raiders shocking the football world.  However, the fans knew better.  Raider Nation is “The Only Nation,” the original nation, and it knows the Raiders better than anyone else.  Raider Nation is extremely hard to impress and even harder to please.  Yesterday, in Indianapolis, Raider Nation was pleased.

The Raiders came out and contended for a win against a playoff caliber team, and the Raiders contended against one very good quarterback in Andrew Luck.  As “luck” would have it, the Indianapolis Colts squeaked out a win.  Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, wow, doesn’t that sound good, “Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor.”  It’s about time the fans can be proud to call the signal caller “their quarterback.”  Not just some hack that gets a big paycheck to come in and complain that his line didn’t block, or receivers didn’t catch the ball, etc…, and then shuffle off to Arizona.

Anyways, the Colts got lucky yesterday.  Pryor knew he had that game won for the Raiders, but as he admitted to, a mistake cost the Raiders the win.  The look on Pryor’s face said it all, disappointment yes, but he also had the look of excitement.  The excitement comes from the knowledge that he will learn and grow from his mistakes, and he will not make them again.  In his own words, he stated he will not make the mistakes again.  Pryor stated, “At the end of the day I’m angry with myself.  I’m proud of the offensive line.  Taking a sack in the red zone was unacceptable.”  When asked about shocking the football world Pryor stated, “We’re tough.  We’re a tough football team.  The thing about this team right here is its passion…”

Pryor said that he played awful.  Folks, he didn’t play awful at all, he played very well.  As a matter of fact he accounted for 329 yards of the offenses 372 yards.  In essence, he was the offense.  He can pass from the pocket, he can run when he needs to, he extends plays, and he drives the offense down the field.  He was sacked one time, and admittedly, it was his own fault that the sack occurred at all.  Not bad for an offensive line that was hashed together just last week.

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