The Oakland Raiders had their best offensive performance of the season in Week 11 against the Houston Texans. It was rookie Matt McGloin’s first NFL start and he performed better than anyone could have imagined he would. Throwing three touchdowns and no interceptions, McGloin did not put up a ton of yards, but he clearly played a large role in getting the win.
Despite what was the best performance for a quarterback by the Raiders this season, head coach Dennis Allen declined to name McGloin the starter against the Titans right away. Instead, Allen waited until Wednesday to make the announcement. Part of the reason Allen claimed he was waiting was in order to determine how healthy Terrelle Pryor was. But when he named McGloin the starter, he claimed it was due to his performance against Houston and had nothing to do with Pryor’s health.
As a result of Allen’s mixed messages, it was a little unclear as to how confident Allen was in starting the undrafted free agent out of Penn State.
This week, however, Allen was pretty clear on what he thought about how McGloin played. At his postgame press conference, Allen was asked whether or not McGloin had earned another start and he responded with a quick and confident yes. Specifically, Allen pointed to the fact that McGloin led the Raiders on a 75-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter, to take the lead.
McGloin did not have nearly as good of a day against the Titans as he did the prior week against the Texans, but he did continue to show that he is capable of starting in the NFL. McGloin finished the game going 19-for-32 for 260 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw a bad interception.
McGloin continued to show that he is poised in the pocket and can read a defense and get rid of the ball quickly. In the past two games, McGloin has also shown an ability to spread the ball around while also helping Rod Streater and Mychal Rivera to some of their best performances this season.
McGloin did not do anything flashy in the loss to the Titans, but he certainly did enough to earn another start. This time on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys.