He led the league in rushing after Week 1 and has brought excitement to a Raiders team that wasn't exciting at all last year.
Now, to the fear of Raider Nation, Pryor is hurt and it's still unknown how long he'll be out for. The hit came with 6:30 left in the fourth quarter with the Raiders threatening to score deep in Denver territory.
It comes as a huge blow to the Raiders who finally found a spark in the young and explosive Pryor. He was 19-of-28 for 281 yards and a touchdown against a stingy Denver defense before leaving.
The game belonged to the Broncos, but it was impressive to see Pryor stay competitive even when defeat stared him in the face.
He's made plays with his legs that most quarterbacks only dream of, and he's been more than fun to watch. If he has to miss games to recover from this concussion, the Raiders are going to be in trouble.
They were unable to generate any sort of running game against the Broncos, and Matt Flynn is not the type of quarterback that can be successful with this offensive line. After all, isn't that why Pryor got the nod in the first place?
Pryor has averaged 208 yards per game while completing 65 percent of his passes and has a quarterback rating of 86.7. He's also run for a total of 198 yards in those three games.
Without a doubt his presence will be greatly missed and it will dramatically change the dynamic of this Raiders' offense if he's unable to play. Flynn had a terrible preseason and didn't do anything to show why he deserved the starting job.
Even with only four NFL starts, Pryor still has more starting experience than Flynn who's waited years for a starting job. Well, he may very well have that chance.
Flynn will get a bit of a break if he gets the start against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Washington is 31st in the NFL in both passing and rushing defense, and the Raiders can still exploit this with Flynn under center.
Washington doesn't have the same pass rush the Broncos have, and it looks as if a high school team can score 20 against the Redskins. As of right now, though, Pryor's status is still unknown, and Raider Nation is anxiously holding its breath.
Steven Slivka is a freelance writer for the Oakland Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter @StevenSlivka.
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