The Oakland Raiders put up a sensational victory over the Steelers, 21-18, including a magnificant 93-yard TD run from Terrelle Pryor on the first play of the game (other than special teams):-
Pryor is leading the recuperation of this team sensationally. We are starting to develop a really good habit of putting big leads on teams. Unfortunately, however, too often we are letting teams claw their way back in to too many games.
I’m genuinely hopefully that this 2nd-half habit will ease as the season progresses, hence we get better in the latter stages of the season, as our young team gets experience and we increasingly get numbers back on the OL. Our OL has been hit hard by injuries, and to hold onto leads a team needs to pound the ball, but its hard to successfully pound the ball behind an OL made up of 2nd and 3rd stringers. From now on I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we get an OL-man back healthy each week, so hopefully the power running game accordingly improves.
We are now 3-4, so one win away from parity.
Other than this the D is really impressing me, Reggie has really brought in some hungry talented players. Everybody is stepping up on D, and here I’m looking forward to seeing how it will improve even more as Branch gets back on the field (week?, hopefully soon).