The fate of the Oakland Raiders may now rest in the hands of third-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Head coach Dennis Allen has decided to go with Pryor over Matt McGloin in the season finale against the Denver Broncos according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:
Terrelle Pryor is once again the starting quarterback of the Oakland Raiders.
Coach Dennis Allen announced today that Pryor, who opened the season as the Raiders’ starter but was benched for Matt McGloin, will return to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Broncos.
After suffering a knee injury in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles back in Week 9, Pryor kept the severity of his injury a secret and played the following week against the New York Giants. As a result, Pryor made matters worse and Allen chose to go with rookie Matt McGloin in Week 10. McGloin led the team to victory in his debut as a starter in the NFL and was the dubbed the starter for the rest of the way due to his solid play.
Unfortunately, McGloin failed to lead the Raiders to another victory in the weeks to come. Although McGloin clearly a talented player with a potentially bright future, Pryor will get one last chance to show what he’s got against arguably the best team in the AFC on Sunday.
With owner Mark Davis considering an overhaul of the coaching staff once again, Allen’s decision to go with the limited Pryor against the Broncos is surprising. Back in Week 3, the Raiders traveled to Denver to take on Peyton Manning and company with Pryor as the starter. Pryor played well in the loss throwing for 281 yards and a touchdown, but was unable to get the win on the road and suffered a concussion that kept him out the following week against the Washington Redskins.