Can Terrelle Pryor Expose the Kansas City Chiefs’ Top-Ranked Defense?

The Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders are both fighting for legitimacy this weekend at Arrowhead stadium. The 5-0 Chiefs need to keep winning to prove that an easy early schedule isn’t the reason for their fast start, while the Raiders are trying to prove they are more than a surprise 2-3 team. 

It's not quite a playoff environment, but it has the potential to feel that way because Chiefs fans will be attempting to break the Guinness world record for loudest crowd roar in an outdoor sports stadium. Rivalry games are usually the most fun when there is a lot at stake for both teams. 

One player's performance this week could shape his future. If Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor shows well against the No. 1 defense in football, he'll be labeled the undoubted future of the franchise. Can Pryor succeed where others have failed and expose the Chiefs defense? 

Despite Pryor's drastic improvement from last season to this season, he really hasn't made a huge leap from game to game, nor has he had a major setback in any game. It's been slow and steady progression since Week 1 for Pryor, which, in many ways, is better than a lot of ups and downs.

Pryor also hasn't played against an above-average defense since the season started, so a good performance is pretty much a requirement to validate his progression. To beat the No. 1 defense, Pryor is probably going to have to play the best game of his career. 


Do This, Not That

A good blueprint for Pryor and the Raiders to follow is the one written by Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles a couple weeks ago in a 26-16 loss to the Chiefs. Michael Vick is a similar quarterback to Pryor in that he can escape the pocket and make big plays with his legs.

Vick was 13-of-30 against the Chiefs with one touchdown and two interceptions—a passing line that Pryor can't repea...

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