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Three key takeaways from Raiders’ win over Houston

Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) throws a pass against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This was the Raiders team that was originally meant to be on the field in the offseason. The offense looked radically different from the offense we were seeing the past couple weeks, because a traditional pocket passer was in the pocket. Coming into the game, the offensive line was a concern because Pryor was not in to bail them out when the pocket collapsed, but they held pretty well protecting Matt enough for him to go through all his progressions. Here are some key takeaways from the game.

The need for a consistent receiver- This game was way too close for comfort, especially during the first half which is plagued with punts. Matt McGloin looked really good throwing ball with accuracy and velocity, but the receivers dropped balls left and right and made life just a tad bit harder for the rookie quarterback. Denarius Moore had another inconsistent day; he notched only 11 yards on two catches despite being targeted eight times, but did have a nice touchdown in the first quarter.

Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Rod Streater and fellow rookie Mychal Rivera seemed to have the best chemistry with Matt in this game. Streater was targeted the most on the team (8) and reeled in six balls for 84 yards and a touchdown. I was pleased to see Rivera get more targets, six specifically, because he is a threat in the passing game and has nice hands as he displayed on his touchdown pass.

The inconsistency of the Oakland receivers is going to make it rough on whomever takes the starting job going forward, but the emergence of Michael Rivera as a security blanket is reassuring.

Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings (27) runs the ball for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

McFadden should not be re-signed- Who said the McFadden was the only running back on our team that can bust off huge runs? Jennings looked very McFadden-esque in his 80 touchdown scamper late in the game. Well the good McFadden at least. Jennings carried the ball 22 times and for a whooping 150 yards and 6.8 yards per carry.

He looks so much more comfortable and powerful running in this offense compared to McFadden, that I just can not see the team bringing Darren back. Get rid of him and his cap hit and use that money to invest in things that we need, like a receiver, or a guard.

Jennings can be signed cheap because he’s been a backup his entire career and we still have Murray on the IR that looks to have the same potential as McFadden, but the injury concern is still there. Elite running backs are not necessary to win a championship, because a back is only as good as its line and supporting cast. Plus if the passing game is weak, the running game will always falter due to the opposing defense stacking the box.

Matt McGloin looked good, really good- In his starting debut, he went 7-11 on his first 11 passes with three drops in that span as well. He ended that game with with three touchdowns and a 105.9 passer rating. He is the 2nd player to go undrafted in the common draft era and have 3 TD passes, no interceptions and a win in his first career start.

Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) throws a pass against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It looked like taking the starting reps this week helped him immensely, because he looked so much better than when he game in for some garbage time in the fourth quarter of the Eagles game. Originally just brought in to be a camp arm, Matt had to work hard to overcome all the hurdles to earn his first start in the NFL. He is used to having to fight for his spot though, as he walked on into Penn State to become their starter, where he broke numerous records for passing yards, touchdowns, and completions.

He tripled the amount of Terrelle Pryor’s passing touchdowns from the past four weeks in one game and converted all red zone attempts. When asked about who would remain starter after Pryor healed, he responded with “Listen, here’s what I’m going to do — I’m going to enjoy this win, all right,” Allen said. “We’re going to go back and we’ll evaluate. But he definitely did a very good job today.”

Who do you think should start? Matt did throw two touchdown passes, but two came from amazing field position. On the other hand, his receivers dropped countless passes and he threw the ball with accuracy and poise. Tell me your thoughts.

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  • DanfromVegas

    McGloin definitely looked like an effective pocket passer. Pryor has not had a complete game all season. I say stick with the hot hand. Pryor has not done anything to be considered the established starter.

    I also think we need to let DMAC walk.

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  • Silvia Arredondo

    As much as I like Pryor, if McGloin can start in the Titans game and be effective also then I am going to have to go with him. And I agree that Mcfadden’s days as a Raider are over.

  • Raider3

    Prior was the guy to allow us to compete while Mcgloin is the future. McFadden should have been traded two years ago for a case of footballs.

  • Issou

    This is not even debatable. Pryor takes forever to see open receivers which is why he keeps getting sacked and he has bad accuracy. McGloin is very accurate, strong arm, pocket presence, gets rid of the ball very quickly. It’s a NO brainer. If Pryor starts, it will definitely be because of Mark Davis. Because there is no way coach Allen is dumb enough not to see who should be the starter!!!

  • Bob

    Last year a writer said that both Palmer and DMC were holding the Raiders back. Do you believe him now?

    Give McLovin a start in the Titans game since I will be there.

  • Alex O’Connor

    the receivers just werent ready for the zip he puts on the ball it was shocking

  • KloverJane

    Matt look pretty damn good. a win versus the Titans would be absolutely phenomenal

  • Joseph Salesky

    I just want to point out before everyone gets high on McGloin, we did get Pashos back this week, so a little extra help at the O-line, and aside from the Jags this is the worst team we’ve played. I think Pryor would have done at least this good, if not better.

  • Bob

    Watson replaced Pashos during the game and then Pashos replaced Watson when he got hurt.

  • Refutation

    ++++ no! Palmer has Arizona at 6&4 with a good chance to make the playoffs. [That could have been us.] Where are we?!?