Last Friday was an emotional roller coaster. I’m not sure that Matt Flynn could have played a worse game of football. Conversely, I’m not sure Terrelle Pryor could have played a better one. As you can imagine, any highlight reel — this one included — must feature the latter. There were two plays (the pass to Rod Streater and the scramble for a touchdown) that demonstrated a quality possessed by Pryor, which I can only describe as special. That quality just so happens to drive fans to the ticket window and turnstile.
Also included is D.J. Hayden. In his first action as a professional football player, Hayden showed why he was a first round pick. And, of course, a 58-yard field goal is noteworthy — even if it was just a chip shot for Sebastian Janikowski.
5. Jay Cutler pass incomplete short middle to Brandon Marshall. Pass defended by D.J. Hayden.
Aside from the 22-yard reception he allowed to Alshon Jeffery, D.J. Hayden was every bit as good as advertised in his first professional action. In total, Hayden was targeted five times, but allowed only two receptions for 38 yards. He also had a pass defensed. What’s significant about this pass defense? Well, Hayden was targeted on all of the Bears first three attempts. He allowed the first two to go for catches, but not this one. When considering how this is Hayden’s first action after having missed a significant portion of the offseason with medical issues, the word resilient comes to mind.
4. Sebastian Janikowski 58 yard field goal is GOOD.
What would a Raiders’ highlight package be without Sebastian Janikowski? A 58-yarder on the dirt with plenty to spare is just classic Janikowksi.
3. Terrelle Pryor pass deep left to Rod Streater to CHI 43 for 19 yards.
The Matt Flynn v. Terrelle Pryor battle has been all the rage since Friday. After a strong showing in New Orleans, Matt Flynn responded with a three completion, two interception performance. Terrelle Pryor then came out and did this:
2. Terrelle Pryor scrambles right end for 25 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
And then he followed that up with this:
1. Terrelle Pryor pass deep middle to Nick Kasa for 19 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
And later, he’d do this:
In his five drives, Pryor lead the Raiders to four scores, which equated to 20 unanswered points. The performance drew raves from fans and pundits alike, while prompting Dennis Allen to announce that “I think [the quarterback situation is] something that we have to go and look at it. I’m not going to make any decisions on anything, obviously, tonight. I want to get a chance to go back and look at the tape and see how things went. But it was obvious that Terrelle gave us a little bit of a spark tonight.”
A spark, indeed. Allen has already named Pryor the starter for the Seahawks preseason finale against Seattle. I guess he figured that a spark was better than a Flynn’t (/rimshot).