The last time the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders met, the Broncos rolled past the Silver and Black 37-21 on a September Monday night.
Heading into the contest, a lot was made of the mobility of quarterback Terrelle Pryor, but he was limited to 281 yards on 19-for-28 passing with one touchdown. He also rushed four times for 36 yards.
In fact, Pryor is just 3 rushing yards away from setting a new Raiders record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback.
“You have to be more conscious of Pryor because he can just tuck it and run it at any time,” safety Mike Adams said. “You don’t want to have your back turned and he’s running up the sideline. He’s not just going to sit in the pocket and pass the ball.”
“If we can’t stop the run it’s going to be a long day,” CB Chris Harris said. “So we know that we have to stop the run and eliminate the deep passes.”
With as much of a threat as Pryor is on the ground, he’s only played in 10 games this season due to Dennis Allen’s decision to bench him in favor of Matt McGloin. Pryor will be getting his first start since mid-November.
That could spell trouble for the Broncos since Pryor will be trying to prove his worth to Allen and to the rest of the NFL. A bitter player can often be one of the most dangerous. He can also be dangerous to a Broncos defense that is missing starters Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, Rahim Moore, and Kevin Vickerson.
The Broncos will more than likely get the win, but Pryor could make this one closer than we thought.