When it was announced that Terrelle Pryor was getting the start for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, much was made about the decision which Dennis Allen has claimed numerous times gives the Raiders the best chance to win on Sunday. One of those talking points was Pryor’s first performance against the Denver Broncos as he was still the starter during the Raiders MNF trip to Mile High where Oakland could not match Peyton Manning’s offense firepower in a game that was an expected loss to the then red hot Broncos.
Pryor was limited to 281 yards on 19-for-28 passing with one touchdown in that loss. He also rushed four times for 36 yards in a game in which Pryor did not come out with his best stuff on Monday Night Football’s big stage.
With the Broncos coming into the Coliseum Pryor is just 3 rushing yards away from setting a new Raiders record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback and is motivated to show Dennis Allen that he was wrong in going with Matt McGloin at quarterback after he regressed (partly due to injury) in the middle of the season.
The Broncos are still red hot and are still missing Von Miller who missed the first game due to suspension and is now out due to injury so this meeting is very similar, except the Broncos will be motivated to lock up an AFC West title and the Raiders players will be motivated to prove that they should be back next season. However the Broncos aren’t taking the Raiders Week 17 quarterback lightly, telling Fansided’s Predominately Orange editor Kim Constantinesco that they know they will have to be aware of Pryor at all times even if he isn’t on the hot streak he was on at the start of 2013.
“You have to be more conscious of Pryor because he can just tuck it and run it at any time,” safety Mike Adams said. “You don’t want to have your back turned and he’s running up the sideline. He’s not just going to sit in the pocket and pass the ball.”
“If we can’t stop the run it’s going to be a long day,” CB Chris Harris said. “So we know that we have to stop the run and eliminate the deep passes.”
Pryor won’t be the only Raider motivated to spoil the Broncos day and their chances of an AFC West title to give the Coliseum faithful something to cheer about one last time in 2013, but his running ability will be the number one thing the Broncos will be focused on when it comes to the defensive side of the ball. If anything it will be to force Pryor to beat them with his arm, but as we saw at the start of the season forcing a healthy Terrelle Pryor to stay behind the line of scrimmage at peak speed is no easy task.