Terrelle Pryor efficient as Raiders earn late-night victory over Chargers

Returning to the starting lineup after missing last week’s game due to lingering concussion issues, Terrelle Pryor was terrific in leading the Oakland Raiders to a 27-17 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night.

Pryor completed 18 of 23 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. For the second straight game, he posted a passer rating over 100 with a 135.7 rating against the Chargers.

The Raiders took advantage of five San Diego turnovers as well, including three interceptions of Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers to hold onto the victory.

Usama Young intercepted Rivers on the third scrimmage play of the game and the Raiders quickly capitalized to take the lead. Pryor hit Rod Streater for a 44-yard touchdown on Oakland’s first play of the game to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead. After a San Diego punt, Pryor led the Raiders on a 13-play, 88-yard drive that culminated with a 2-yard touchdown from Pryor to Denarius Moore to jump out 14-0.

After the Chargers finally got on the board with a 35-yard Nick Novak field goal, Charles Woodson returned a fumble from Danny Woodhead for a 25-yard touchdown to extend the Raiders lead again to 24-3.

The Chargers got their first touchdown of the night on the first play of the fourth quarter as Rivers delivered a shovel pass to running back Danny Woodhead for a 5-yard touchdown as San Diego pulled within 24-10.

A three-and-out from the Raiders offense give the ball back to Rivers and they took advantage again. A 21-yard punt return from Eddie Royal gave the Chargers a short field and Rivers found the endzone just five plays later. Rivers connected with Keenan Allen for a 7-yard touchdown to bring the Chargers within a score at 24-17.

Oakland answered with a scoring drive to make it a two-score game with just over four minutes left to play. Sebastian Janikowski converted a 50-yard field goal try to extend their lead back to 10 points at 27-17.

Rivers drove the Chargers into the redzone again before Raiders first-round pick D.J. Hayden intercepted Rivers in the endzone to preserve their cushion. Rivers was again intercepted by Charles Woodson on the final drive of the game to seal away the victory for the Chargers.

Rivers completed 36 of 49 passes for 411 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

The game ended at 11:38 p.m. local time (2:38 a.m. ET).

42 responses to “Terrelle Pryor efficient as Raiders earn late-night victory over Chargers

  1. Hey so called experts out there in media land (yes you Gantt)…sure the Raiders are the #32 best team in the league. Btw, Humbolt, what you have to say???

  2. Still going strong in North Carolina! Great win by my Raiders tonight against a good opponent that could easily have been 4-0 coming into the game. The arrow is definitely pointing up for us for sure!

  3. humb0lt says:
    Oct 3, 2013 12:31 PM
    This game should be like an extra bye week for the Chargers. 42-13 Bolts.
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    Time to go hide again like you always do when the Chargers lose, dumbolt.

  4. So all those reports about Josh Freeman replacing Terrelle Pryor had to be lies right? Pryor is so much better at the moment and has so much more upside it just didn’t make any sense.

  5. Every week, Pryor gets better and better. Not a Raiders fan, but good for the Raiders. They found their franchise QB and can compete again. Always good to see an underdog fight.

  6. There is no doubt in my eyes that this was Pryor’s best performance to date – especially with the o-line in tatters and with Jennings getting hurt. I hope to see more of this as the season progresses, and if so the Raiders might actually win 5 to 7 games (which would far surpass the predictions of the ‘experts’).

    As expected, McFadden was NOT missed. In fact I think that the slug’s absence contributed to the Raiders’ victory.

  7. Nice win.

    Still work to be done, but Pryor is the future.

    The league is cyclical and is starting to turn over.

    The Raiders are on the upswing and need to follow this win with an upset victory in Arrowhead if they are to be taken seriously.

    They play well in KC, it can be done.

    Go Raiders

  8. Bitter sweet pill to swallow! I am an Ohio State alumni and a Charger fan… so it pained me to watch this game because I am a big Terrelle Pryor fan!!! I must admit, I am elated that he did well, even at the expense of my team!

    It sickened my stomach to see what the media and a section of the fan base did to this kid while at OSU! They completely and unfairly kicked him to the curb and under the bus! Hopefully time will heal the wounds inflicted because in my opinion, had he not been run out of town, he would have gone down as the best QB in OSU history!

    Nicely done Terrelle!!!

  9. The Raiders are 1 interception & a concussion away from being 4-1. It was nice to see a running game where the back doesn’t shatter in to pieces after a tackle or run into his blockers. This team definitely is moving in the right direction.

  10. At the start of the year I figured something better than the experts predicted but I don’t think the “experts” had RG Stuperman lll at 6tds,4int, 85.5 and Pryor at 4tds,2int, 97.6 . Or how about Eli Manning and his 6tds, 9int, 69.1? If Pryor’s not the Raiders franchise quarterback, well close enough. Go Raiders! I could get used to this 🙂

  11. Props to the Raiders for a big win at home. They kept my Chargers out of sync and the endzone in the first half and held onto the lead in the second. Pryor looked good. You may just have your franchise QB.

    I wouldn’t call it total domination given that Rivers threw for over 4oo yards on your defense, but those same DB’s did step up to preserve the win.

    A couple of more wins like that and you guys might be able to remove those awesome tarps.

  12. all in all a good game…whats the odds of getting your field goal blocked, and you get a first down afterwards, which led to the chargers first score in the third quarter.

    Fact is the entire o-line for the raiders was their entire second and third string. The o-line before injuries was supposed to be Velhdeer, Bergstrom, Wiz, Brisiel, and Watson. Just have to wonder what “if” those guys were healthy. And have to really wonder what “if” we can sign UFA Alex Mack this off-season when we have plenty of cap space to go shopping.

    Every win is great, but this one is all the sweeter and goes to Humbolt!!!! Choo Choo!

  13. As a Charger fan watching that game all I could think of is WTF are these guys doing. That got there ass spanked on all sides of the ball. Did they even practice this week? I knew a crappy game out of my boys was coming, but this one of two games that they have to win, or at least make a good game out of it. While the Raiders are supposed to be a crappy team, they seem to be a much better team than the Chargers right now. The write up makes it look like it was a better game than it was, and it was a crappy game for the Chargers. Hats off and much respect to the Raiders, you not only won that game, you dominated.

  14. lobzila says:
    Oct 7, 2013 12:46 PM
    As a Charger fan watching that game all I could think of is WTF are these guys doing. That got there ass spanked on all sides of the ball. Did they even practice this week? I knew a crappy game out of my boys was coming, but this one of two games that they have to win, or at least make a good game out of it. While the Raiders are supposed to be a crappy team, they seem to be a much better team than the Chargers right now. The write up makes it look like it was a better game than it was, and it was a crappy game for the Chargers. Hats off and much respect to the Raiders, you not only won that game, you dominated.
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    Stay classy San Diego. For real though real classy much respect

  15. choo choo super bowl express just got derailed by the raiders. I think my brother Humbolt must have got ran over by the train, cause he has been missing ever since…..last i knew he was heading with his team to the caboose.

  16. I’m a Raiders fan, but the Raiders didn’t “dominate” that game. I live on the east coast, so I was one of the faithful that made the effort to stay up until 2:40 am despite having to get up at 6:00 am to get ready for work.

    The Raiders dominated the first half, no doubt about it. But they changed something in the second half. It was like they were playing off the SD receivers. Rivers was hitting big passes one after the other. I was almost certain that SD was going to come back and win the game at one point.

    The Raiders did enough when they needed to in order to save the win. I’m happy for the win, but the Raiders only dominated half that game.

  17. Chargers fan here, I give much respect for the Raiders and Pryor for hanging in there for the W. They were the better team, with a dominant 1st half which gave them that extra cushion to seal the win. If Rivers hadnt thrown those final minute interceptions the game would have ended differently but your DB’s made plays, we didnt. As for my Chargers… its a nightmare watching our defense especially now that Freeney was added to that never ending list of IR. Rivers still looking much better than last season although still makes costly mistakes. Mathews BUST.

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