Terrelle Pryor may have played the best game of his young career, passing for 221 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers to help lead the Oakland Raiders to a 27-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers late Sunday night. Pryor threw two touchdowns in the first quarter before the Raiders' defense took over the game.
The Chargers committed five turnovers on the night. The most egregious happened in the third quarter when Danny Woodhead was stripped of the ball by linebacker Kevin Burnett on a run and Charles Woodson put himself in position to scoop the ball up and run 25 yards for a touchdown. The score was Woodson's 13th defensive touchdown of his career, tying an NFL record to give the Raiders a 24-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Chargers mounted something of a challenge in the last quarter of play. Philip Rivers threw a touchdown to Woodhead to open the fourth then, after a Raiders three-and-out, the Chargers drove 69 yards in five plays before finding the end zone on a short pass to Keenan Allen. The score pulled the Chargers to within a touchdown.
Sebastian Janikowski gave the Raiders cushion with a 50-yard field goal on their next possession, however, to extend their lead to 27-17. Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden sealed the win with an interception.
Fantasy studs and duds
Terelle Pryor may have broke out as a fantasy-viable quarterback. He went 18-for-23 passing for 221 yards and two touchdowns, adding 31 yards on the ground. Philip Rivers passed for 411 yards (his third game this season with 400-plus yards passing) and two touchdowns, but he also had three interceptions.
The Chargers had several productive pass catchers. Among the wideouts, Vincent Brown had eight receptions and 117 yards and rookie Keenan Allen had a touchdown to go with six receptions for 115 yards. Antonio Gates had seven receptions for 74 yards and running back Danny Woodhead had nine receptions for 58 yards and a score.
Both starting running backs suffered injuries during the game. Rashad Jennings of the Raiders succumbed to the plague of hamstring injuries that has been running rampant through Oakland's backfield lately. He left in the second quarter. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion that forced him to miss the second half of the game.
Chargers outside linebacker Jarrett Johnson was unable to put any weight on his right leg when he left the field late in the game. With Dwight Freeney also out for the time being, the team is in desperate need of pass rushers.
Did they cover?
The Chargers were favored by as many as 6.5 points at kickoff, according to Odds Shark, so they most certainly did not cover during their loss Sunday night.
Indianapolis at San Diego, Monday, Oct. 14, 8:30 p.m. ET
Oakland at Kansas City, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m.