This is an article from new JBB staff writer Sebastian Cosentino, give him a follow on Twitter at @sebastianjrrr .
After a long and late Sunday night game that pitted two rival teams against each other in a classic matchup at O.co stadium, there were many things that could be taken away from the Raiders great win against the Chargers. Here are 5 key takeways:
1) Denarius Moore solidifying himself as the number one receiver- After another solid showing against the Chargers, where he reeled in 5 catches for 84 yards and a score, the electric playmaker is finally reverting to the form we saw in his rookie year. This year he is on pace for 64 catches, 1014 yards and 10 touchdowns, but you see these numbers are skewed a bit when you take into account that he did not play week 2 against Jacksonville and he had the dreadful Matt Flynn, who can’t throw deep to save his life (or job in this case), as his quarterback for a week. Now take away those two oddities and with Terrelle Pryor at the helm, he has totaled 16 catches on 26 targets for 251 yards and three touchdowns- in three games. If he were to keep playing on this consistent level throughout the season and Pryor stays healthy, then he is on pace for 76 catches, 1238 yards and 14 touchdowns. While these numbers seem ridiculous for a guy that had almost half of those numbers the previous year, it is hard not to get excited about his production thus far with Pryor leading the way.
2) The interceptions will come- After four games where the defense had yet to pick off an opposing quarterback, the raiders seemed destined to be at the bottom of the league in that category. Then they managed to pick off the reenergized Rivers, who is playing at pro bowl form, not once, not twice, but three times. Two came from each of the safeties, including Woodson’s to essentially end the game and one from the rookie cornerback DJ Hayden, who came flying in front of a receiver to get his first pick of the season in the end zone that couldn’t have come at a more crucial time.
3) Woodson is back home- Make no doubts about it, Charles Woodson is where he belongs. In a game where he tied the record for most defensive touchdowns (13) on a picked up fumble from Danny Woodhead and an interception to seal the game for the Raiders, it was obvious to see the impact he is having on this team. He is not only making plays for this defense every week (see superman dive on MJD), but he giving the defense a new life and fire that we have not seen since the last time he was in the silver and black. His mentoring is also not to be discounted, because the 16 year vet sure has a lot of experience under his belt to share.
4) King and Jano seem to finally be on the same page- Three missed field goals –all from under 55 yards- had lots of fans worrying because the usually uber-reliable Polish Cannon was missing shots that used to be “gimmes”. The blame was put on a different person depending on who you asked, but the young King took all the blame for it and it seems as if the two had finally worked out a solid connection late Sunday night as Jano connected on 47 and 50 yard field goals.
5) Last but not least…Pryor is the future of this team- If for some reason you still had doubts about Pryor being the quarterback of the future for this team, you best be silenced after he connected on his first 10 attempts for two touchdowns and showed the poise and accuracy of a franchise quarterback. He finished 18-23 for 221 yards and two touchdowns through the air and added 31 yards on the ground. What Pryor really gave this team on Sunday night though was a leader who they can depend and an athlete who can consistently make plays from the backfield. He demonstrated his amazing allusiveness on a key 3rd and 15 where three Chargers broke through the line and Pryor rolled to his right to avoid a sack and hit Butler for a twenty yard gain that eventually turned into 3 much need points to make it a two score game.