NFL Preseason: Terrelle Pryor's Performance Against Chicago Bears Means Quarterback Controversy for Oakland Raiders

Pryor's Stats, Confidence Means Matt Flynn's Job is in Jeoprady

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COMMENTARY | Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen may like Matt Flynn, but he should like Terrelle Pryor more.

Simply put: Pryor made the Raiders relevant against the Chicago Bears, and the talks of a quarterback controversy now seem more serious than ever.

Before Pryor entered the game, the Raiders weren't playing football. As a matter of fact, I don't know what they were playing. They fell behind early, and they fell behind fast.

27-0 to be exact.

And for the second straight week, Flynn looked uncomfortable and was not very good. He was sacked five times last week against the New Orleans Saints, and the loss of left tackle Jared Veldheer played a huge part in that dismal performance.

The offensive line didn't play any better against the Bears, and neither did Flynn.

He was constantly under pressure and made poor decisions that resulted in two interceptions, as well as extremely loud boos from the uneasy crowd at Coliseum.

It was just awkwardly uncomfortable for Flynn. After all, he was supposed to be the starting quarterback, but that doesn't seem so certain anymore.

Just watch Terrelle Pryor.

Pryor finished the night 7-of-9 for 93 yards and a passing touchdown. He also finished with four rushes for 37 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown run that ignited the crowd that was searching for anything to cheer about.

The third-year quarterback out of Ohio State has improved immensely since last season, and his performance against the Bears was spectacular.

More than once the athletic Pryor escaped heavy pressure and turned huge losses into huge gains, including his 25-yard touchdown scramble.

And he was only getting started.

Pryor also connected with rookie tight end Nick Kasa on a seam route for a 19-yard touchdown to cut the Bears lead down to just seven.

But Pryor's ability to electrify the crowd and rescue the Raiders from the dark abyss they were once in could easily help him steal the job from Flynn.

His decision making was far superior to Flynn's, and he used his legs to keep plays alive.

Flynn just can't do that.

The Raiders were dealt a huge blow when they lost Veldheer, but it just might be the best thing that could have happened to Pryor.

Allen was sold on Flynn a long time ago, but after seeing Pryor completely rejuvenate the team, as well as the once irritable crowd, he has some serious re-evaluating to do.

He knows it. The fans know it. Even Reggie McKenzie knows it.

Steven Slivka is a freelance writer for the Oakland Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter @StevenSlivka.

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