The third preseason game is over, and Raiders coach Dennis Allen still doesn’t know who his starting quarterback is.
Allen said after Friday night’s loss to the Bears that he wasn’t impressed by the performance Matt Flynn, who started the game and is considered the favorite in the quarterback competition. Allen added that he liked what he saw of Terrelle Pryor, who has been behind Flynn on the depth chart all offseason.
“I think obviously we have to look at it,” Allen said when asked who his starting quarterback is. “I think when you look at it I don’t think Matt played well in this game. Obviously, I thought Terrelle came in and gave us a spark. I thought he played well in the game. I think that’s something that we have to go and look at it. I’m not going to make any decisions on anything, obviously, tonight. I want to get a chance to go back and look at the tape and see how things went. But it was obvious that Terrelle gave us a little bit of a spark tonight.”
Flynn’s outing was disastrous: He threw six passes, and two of them were intercepted. His longest completion was nine yards, and that came on a third-and-12. He also fumbled a snap, and he was sacked once.
Pryor, however, played very well. He completed seven of nine passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, and he also had a 25-yard touchdown run. The Raiders were losing 24-0 when Pryor came in for Flynn in the second quarter, but by the time Pryor left at the end of the third quarter, they had closed the gap to 27-20.
Asked if Pryor gave the team the best chance to win, Allen said, “I think Terrelle played better tonight.” Now Allen has to decide who he thinks is going to play better when the Raiders open the season at Indianapolis in 15 days.