He looked like a youngster on the game's final drive, however, when an interception in Indianapolis territory in the final minute was the coffin- sealer to the Raiders' 21-17 loss. He also had a pick in Colts territory on Oakland's first possession of the game.
"This one's on me," Pryor said. "Everybody else did a great job. The receivers did a great job catching the ball when they had a chance. There's no one really to point fingers at but me, literally, this time. I'll take the blame and get better. We'll be better. It's a process when you're trying to get better at something. I feel like I got better at throwing the ball and that I can take a team downfield with my arm."
Allen, who was 4-12 in his initial coaching year with the Raiders in 2012, was particularly enamored by how Pryor can dictate a game with his legs.
"That's the element that he brings," he said. "That's always going to be there; his ability to create, his ability to make things happen with his feet. The thing that we judge on the practice field is his ability to make good decisions, his ability to throw the ball on time, with accuracy. Those are things that we want to see that he continues to improve because that's what's going to make him a really good quarterback."
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Presuming he's tapped as the Week 2 starter, Henne will face an Oakland defense that was surprisingly effective in its opener against prolific 2012 rookie Andrew Luck. The Colts star managed only 147 yards through the air, which might mean Henne will spend a good deal of his time turning and handing to Maurice Jones-Drew, who had 45 yards on 15 attempts against Kansas City.
Going the other way, Pryor is precisely what the Jaguars defense doesn't need, a player who can win with legs or arm. Assigning a player or designing a scheme to limit his mobility could result in clearer run lanes for back Darren McFadden (48 yards on 17 carries in Week 1) or freed-up space down the field for Rod Streater and Denarius Moore, each of whom caught five passes last week.
Admittedly, while one week doth not a resurgent 1980s powerhouse make, the Raiders were a lot closer to respectability in their opener -- against a 2012 playoff team -- than Jacksonville was against a team that was 2-14 last season. And, though the injury prompted switch to Henne this week may actually be an upgrade over Gabbert, the trip across the country to participate in another team's home opener probably won't be.
Sports Network predicted outcome: Raiders 20, Jaguars 11