Eagles defense controls Pryor

Terrelle Pryor tries to escape the clutches of safety Nate Allen. The Eagles defense had the Raiders quarterback on the run Sunday, when he gained 94 yards on 10 carries.
Terrelle Pryor tries to escape the clutches of safety Nate Allen. The Eagles defense had the Raiders quarterback on the run Sunday, when he gained 94 yards on 10 carries. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)
Posted: November 05, 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. - Terrelle Pryor does not like to be called a running quarterback. On Sunday afternoon, however, the Eagles defense made sure that label stuck.

The Eagles kept the Oakland QB on the run throughout their 49-20 victory over the Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. They forced the pocket to collapse up front, sending Pryor scrambling to avoid being sacked. They blanketed the Raiders receivers in the secondary, taking away his downfield options and forcing Pryor to do much of Oakland's legwork.

"He threw a lot of balls away that kept us from getting the sacks that we kept getting there to make," linebacker Mychal Kendricks said. "We made him really uncomfortable back there."

At a news conference earlier in the week, Pryor was asked whether he still believed he had to prove he was more than a running back.

"I think we're a little past that," Pryor said on Raiders.com. "You can go and watch against the Broncos and a couple other teams - I threw the ball very well."

He didn't on Sunday. Pryor completed 22 of 41 passes for 288 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions - one each to cornerback Bradley Fletcher and linebacker Connor Barwin - before leaving the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter. His longest pass, for 66 yards, started out as a short pass over the middle to wide receiver Rod Streater, who broke out to the left side and raced to the Eagles' 9-yard line.

The Eagles responded by holding the Raiders to a field goal on that drive. In fact, the Eagles allowed Oakland inside the 20 only four times - twice when the game was all but decided.

Although Pryor rushed for nearly 100 yards, finishing with 94 on 10 carries, that number is less a measure of his offensive prowess than of how much time he spent fleeing Eagles defenders.

"He's a great athlete," Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. "He scrambles around a lot. He made it a tough task, but we were able to withstand it. We knew he was going to make some plays, but we were able to make more plays than him."

Ryans led the Eagles with 11 tackles, followed by Kendricks with 10, including a sack. Defensive end Vinny Curry sacked Pryor for a 16-yard loss in the third quarter, and linebacker Trent Cole had a sack as well.

The Eagles' strong defensive performances against the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants the previous two weeks came in losses in which the Eagles did not score an offensive touchdown. With quarterback Nick Foles' tying an NFL record with seven TD passes on Sunday, that wasn't a problem this time.

"Our defense did a great job, and they're going to continue doing a great job," Foles said. "We feed off each other. When you're doing what you're supposed to do on all three sides of the ball [offense, defense, and special teams], you know you're going to have an opportunity to win."

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