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Terrelle Pryor opens eyes in Oakland Raiders’ near-upset of Indianapolis Colts

Eric Edholm
Shutdown Corner

There would be no joy in Mudville, no stunning upset of the Indianapolis Colts by the lowly Oakland Raiders as the Colts hung on for a 21-17 victory.

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But lost in that discussion is the fact that Terrelle Pryor, despite some misleading statistics, was quite impressive Sunday in defeat. The passing numbers were hardly gaudy — 19-of-29 passing, 217 yards, a TD and two interceptions — but Pryor drove the Raiders down for a crucial, 11-play scoring drive capped with a touchdown pass to Denarius Moore that put legitimate fear in the Lucas Oil crowd.

Then again, the scariest aspect of Pryor's game is his running ability. He rushed 13 times for 112 yards, consistently frustrating the Colts with his tackle breaking and improvisational skills. And for style points, witness this gutsy run in the second half in which he took out a sideline official.

He's never going to match quarterbacks such as Andrew Luck throw for throw, and both picks were back-breakers that happened in the red zone, but Pryor can be labeled a playmaker now, and he and the Raiders have to feel good about their chances in Week 2 at home against the Jaguars, who lost at home in Week 1, 28-2.

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