Matt McGloin: Grading Raiders QB’s Week 11 Performance vs. Texans

Matt McGloin did a lot more than help the Oakland Raiders win for the first time on the road this season. In throwing for three touchdowns with a calm, unexpected poise in the pocket, the undrafted rookie has opened the door for a full-fledged quarterback controversy.

Making his first NFL start while Terrelle Pryor nursed a sore right knee, McGloin looked sharp most of the afternoon while becoming the first Raiders quarterback to pass for three touchdowns without an interception since Bruce Gradkowski did it against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 6, 2009.

He completed 18 of 32 passes for 197 yards and a respectable passer rating of 105.9, which is the third-highest mark by any Oakland quarterback this season.

Does one game define an NFL career? Hardly. But considering how Pryor has played over the previous month, it would be difficult to not make a case for keeping McGloin in the starting lineup.

McGloin was very decisive with his throws, made quick, crisp passes and forced the Texans to play the pass honestly rather than loading up against the run like so many teams have against the Raiders this season.

In short, the 23-year-old former college walk-on did far more than anyone could have expected.



McGloin’s footwork was very precise and settled, allowing him to step into his throws and put the extra zip on them needed to get the ball out quickly. That also enabled the quarterback to throw tighter spirals rather than floating the ball up for grabs as Pryor has at various times this season.

He made only a handful of bad throws, one of which somehow ended up in Andre Holmes’ hands after the wide receiver made a leaping grab for a pass that nearly sailed way over his head. McGloin also had a problem on a few crossing patterns where he threw behind the intended receivers.

The receivers didn’t do him any favors by dropp...

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