As was expected by most, the Oakland Raiders were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts to start their 2013 NFL regular season 21-17.
The Raiders have new players and coaches this season and are trying to turn around a program that was once respected by opponents.
Oakland lost to the Colts by just 4 points, thanks in part to Terrelle Pryor their new starting quarterback.
Pryor was a 2011 third round pick in the Supplemental draft. On Sunday, new head coach Dennis Allen announced Pryor would start over Matt Flynn, who the Raiders had brought in from Green Bay.
During the offseason Flynn, a backup to Aaron Rodgers, was brought in to be the Raiders starter. However, early on in the preseason Pryor was given a chance to play when Flynn did not impress his coaches. Pryor did not have pressure on him, as the expectations were not high. Pryor proved he could play, and was given the chance on Sunday by Allen.
In Sunday’s game, the Raiders quickly fell behind by 14 points and the Oakland coaching staff could not hide Pryor by having him hand off the ball or throw short passes to the flat.
If they wanted to win, the Raiders would have to open the game up behind the air and scrambling abilities of Pryor.
Pryor was able to hit 19 of his 29 passes for 217 yards and even more impressive were his 112 yards rushing on just 13 carries.
While playing at Ohio State, Pryor was revered for his athleticism. He showed it early and often versus Indianapolis in game 1 Sunday. However, it was not enough as the Raiders went down to defeat.
Nevertheless, Oakland may have found the foundation upon which to build around and upon on offense, with Pryor.
Oakland has a great deal of work to do to return to the elite status they held once as one of the best teams in the NFL.
However, if Sunday was any indication, the excitement amongst the Raiders fan base has jumped a few notches.
Pryor was making just his second start in the NFL and became the first quarterback in Oakland franchise history to rush for over 100 yards.
Pryor was the last player that Al Davis the late former team owner drafted and one of just a handful who survived the massive overhaul that Reggie McKenzie the new General Manager orchestrated during the off season,
For now, that decision by McKenzie looks like a good one.