OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — As soon as Terrelle Pryor ran on the field to take over for the ineffective Matt Flynn, the Oakland crowd got excited, the Raiders played better and a quarterback controversy might have started.
Pryor ran for one touchdown and threw for another in the Raiders' 34-26 loss to the Chicago Bears on Friday night that raised serious questions about who will start when the season begins in two weeks.
"I think obviously we have to look at it," coach Dennis Allen said. "I think when you look at it I don't think Matt played well in this game. Obviously, I thought Terrelle came in and gave us a spark. I thought he played well in the game. ... I'm not going to make any decisions on anything tonight. I want to get a chance to go back and look at the tape and see how things went. But it was obvious that Terrelle gave us a little bit of a spark tonight."
Pryor completed 7 of 9 passes for 93 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown to Nick Kasa. He also ran four times for 37 yards, including a 25-yard score.
"I'm not looking to get into who's going to start," Pryor said. "We have a lot of things to fix offensively and defensively"
Here are five things we learned from Bears and Raiders:
1. FLYNN MIGHT NOT BE IN: Flynn has been the presumed starter for Oakland ever since he was acquired in a trade from Seattle in April.
But after leading the Raiders to one touchdown and one field goal in 13 drives, that appears to be in serious doubt at this point.
Flynn threw two interceptions on just six passes before being pulled to the delight of the booing crowd midway through the second quarter. He finished 3 for 6 for 19 yards.
"I think anybody would say, out there at the beginning, we were very frustrated with how we performed," Flynn said. "But like I said, you watch it, correct it and you have to move on. You move on from this and get on to the next game."
2. WON'T YOU BE MY NUMBER TWO: The Bears have been on a search for a legitimate second option in the passing game after Brandon Marshall caught 119 passes and was targeted on more than 40 percent of Chicago's throws a year ago.
Jay Cutler threw all five of his passes last week to Marshall, but spread the ball around more this week. His favorite target was second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery, who had seven catches for 77 yards.
Jeffery caught just 24 passes for 367 yards in 10 games as a rookie last year but looks like he could be a big part of the Chicago offense this year.
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