Terrelle Pryor Puts Inexperience on Full Display in Loss to Chiefs

Terrelle Pryor had played so well and seemingly made so much progress that it was hard to forget the Oakland Raiders’ young quarterback had only a half-dozen starts to his credit heading into Week 6. That inexperience bubbled over with disastrous results in a lopsided 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

On a day when Oakland’s defense put together another fine outing, Pryor and the offense fell flat on their collective face.

It wasn’t a complete meltdown like some Raiders quarterbacks have suffered through over the past decade. It certainly wasn’t anything close to Matt Flynn’s disastrous performance a few weeks ago.

What it was, however, was a sharp smack of reality across the face.

Although he had some sharp moments running the ball in the first half, Pryor never really looked comfortable at all in the pocket. Of course, getting sacked 10 times behind an offensive line that was down to its third-string center, third-string right tackle and backup right guard doesn’t help much.

Still, it was evident early on that Pryor was not the same quarterback he has been for the past several weeks.

On Oakland’s first two drives, he was skittish and his footwork was off. Pryor couldn’t get settled into a good rhythm, and although he made a pair of nice scrambles early, the passing part of his game never got up to speed.

The Raiders’ third series ended when Sebastian Janikowski’s 51-yard field-goal try missed. One play earlier, however, Pryor misfired on a quick slant to wide receiver Denarius Moore on a 3rd-and-8 play that would have kept the drive going.

Even on the 39-yard touchdown pass to Moore, it was a simple slant pattern that the receiver turned into a big play when he outran the coverage into the end zone.

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