This was an extremely close game, though the Raiders were down the whole time except for once in the 4th quarter when they were up 17-14. The final score was 21-17 and the game was close the whole time. They made some key plays, and rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor looked great going 19-29 for 217 yards and a touchdown. However, he threw two interceptions, one of which was in the end zone, and the other of which ended their last drive, where they needed a touchdown to win the game. He also added 112 yards rushing on 13 attempts, making him the teams leading rusher. He looked very promising though a little unpolished with a few bad decisions. As hoped for however, Darren McFadden was given some running room because of Pryor’s legs and he ran for 48 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
Rod Streater led the team in receiving with 70 yards on five catches, and Denarius Moore did well with another five catches for 43 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Brice Butler, who saw lots of hype in the preseason only had one catch for eight yards. Defense was solid but not extraordinary as it made a few key stops but allowed some big plays and penalties.
In general, the Raiders played well for their first game, though penalties and turnovers were the problems. Hopefully the Raiders clean up the sloppiness and play better next week agains the weak Jacksonville Jaguars. MVP of the game goes to Terrelle Pryor for his 300 yard overall day, and for some of the prospect he showed for the future. On a side note, he started over the established veteran Matt Flynn, meaning that Flynn may be relegated to a backup role to the rookie.