What Terrelle Pryor Must Improve for Oakland Raiders to Upset Denver Broncos

Terrelle Pryor must fulfill all of his potential for the Oakland Raiders to shock the Denver Broncos and world in Week 3.

The P-word has been attached to Pryor since Rivals rated him the nation’s best high school football recruit in the class of 2008. Those expectations didn’t follow him to the NFL. That’s why his 329 yards from scrimmage in a 21-17 nail-biter against the Indianapolis Colts were so surprising.

Pryor notched his first win as a starting quarterback in a 19-9 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but he must improve in several areas for the Raiders to be able to compete with the Broncos. Here are the keys for the QB in Week 3.


3. Forcing Defenses to Respect Legs

Pryor has rushed for 162 yards this season. One can’t ask for more on the ground from a quarterback, but he must maintain his effectiveness against a Denver defense superior to what Oakland has faced thus far.

The Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants combined for just 81 rushing yards against the Broncos the past two weeks. It’s vital for Pryor to be an efficient rusher in the face of an elite run defense.

He not only has to make up for his own flaws as a passer—he threw for just 126 yards against Jacksonville—but so that defenders are forced respect the bootleg and stay home, opening up rushing lanes for the Raiders’ halfbacks as a result.


2. Taking Care of the Football

Turnovers were one of the greatest differences between the Raiders’ win over the Jaguars and loss against the Colts. Pryor threw two interceptions in Indianapolis. He and Jeron Mastrud secured his two fumbles vs. Jacksonville.

Denver has already forced six turnovers this season. With Eli Manning throwing four interceptions and Joe Flacco two, odds are that Pryor won’t finish the...

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