When is the last time the Raiders started the season with an effort like that?
When is the last time the Raiders actually made half-time adjustments, and came out fired up to start the 2nd half? Playing better than the 1st half....when the 1st half wasn't that bad? They had Luck on the run!
The Good: Pryor looked good, for the most part. Gave the Colts fits trying to contain him. He even fooled the cameraman 3 times today. He fooled me! I was watching McFadden run into the line, as Pryor slipped around the right for about 15 yards and a 1st down. Good completion percentage. Pryor sets an ALL TIME
rushing record for a Raiders QB IN HIS FIRST GAME
! (Well, his 2nd game actually, since he started against the Chargers in the last game of 2012). How about that stop the Raiders' D made when the Colts went for it on 4th down. Raiders take over on downs in Colts territory! Then score a TD to take the lead! Good effort by Pryor and the team as a whole. Don't forget, Pryor is a WINNER
. He was 31-4 in college, and won the Rose Bowl. He's a hard worker. I know. This isn't college anymore. But.....he is driven to learn. He will improve. He's YOUNG. But he is nothing like some other young guy who wore #2.
The Bad: Critical errors by Pryor cost the game at the end. Granted, he was in a VERY hostile environment. I'm sure it was VERY loud, the defense was relentless in that last set of downs. But like Gannon said, you can't take a sack in that situation. Did Pryor lock in on the open receiver he saw and missed the DB that made the interception? Was his accuracy just off on that pass?
The Future: Will Pryor be able to continue giving defenses fits, or will the other teams watch this game tape and figure out how to contain him? Or will Pryor learn from this game, eliminate his mistakes, and still give defenses fits?
Other thoughts: Why did Jano miss that FG at the end of the 1st half? His own fault, or is he missing Lechler's holding? What about that long pass Luck made where Woodson made a leaping try for an interception? The ball hit Woodson in the hands, but he couldn't hold on. That would have been a SWEET interception if he had held on. Then to add insult to injury, "Hands of Stone" DHB does hold on and hurts us with a critical first down catch. What about play calling? What did you guys think about Olson's calls? Some of the "up the middle" calls near the goal like went nowhere. Then again, McFadden's run that scored was pretty much up the middle.....but not STRAIGHT up the middle at least. He found a weak spot in the defense just on the left side.
Anyway, like I said in the beginning.....I'll take it. Even thought it was the same old familiar bummer at the end....but at least we were in it! I'm not as bummed out as usual. Still feel pretty good actually. That beer I popped open in the 4th quarter COULD have something to do with it though.