Stopping The Raiders Running Game Includes Stopping QB Terrelle Pryor

One of the biggest chores that the Pittsburgh Steelers defense will have this coming Sunday against the Oakland Raiders will be stopping the run. Not only will they have to focus on shutting down running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings, they will have quarterback Terrelle Pryor to worry about as well.

Pryor leads the Raiders in rushing this season with 285 yards on 44 attempts/scrambles and he’s not afraid to tuck it run should he be forced outside the pocket.

After struggling to spy quarterbacks during the meaningless preseason, the Steelers defense has rebounded during the regular season when it comes to keeping quarterbacks contained. Through their first six games, the defense has allowed just 41 yards on 13 quarterback runs/scrambles and that ranks them near the bottom of the league in that statistic.

What’s interesting about Pryor is the fact that he only has six runs/scrambles on third downs so far this season. The rest have happened on first and second downs, as the young quarterback appears willing to try and make plays with his arm on the money down.

Speaking of the money down, Pryor is 31-of-48 passing this year on third downs and 21 of those were good for conversions. That’s a 43.8% conversion rate if you are scoring at home.

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  • treeher

    I have a feeling that the offense is going to get unstuck and will score enough points to offset any disruption that Pryor might cause. Fingers crossed.

  • Dr. Doom

    Hit him early, Hard and Often. Streater is a very speedy receiver who Ike will probably match up with. Whatever Timmons did last week this week will require the same McFadden killed them last year.

  • T R

    Stopping the running QB about applies to every QB we face these days… so lets do it.. .hell even flacco broke off a run or two..

  • Ahmad

    We did pretty well against Jake Locker and Geno Smith so I’m feeling pretty confident we can contain Pryor.

  • Johnny Loose

    you don’t think Ike will go up against Denarius Moore?

  • Johnny Loose

    Unfortunately I have to start Pryor on my fantasy team. I’ll take a fantasy loss any day though if it translates into a Steelers victory.

  • charles

    Pryor is a much better athlete than Locker or Geno. One advantage to the 3-4 type schemes is containment. If Pryor runs, try to make him go up the middle.

  • Aaron Nihart

    Not meaning to sound like a jerk, and although i am a buckeye fan and thus enjoy watching TP, you haven’t seen him play if you even think about putting him in the same group as a runner as Geno Smith and Jake Locker. Terelle Pryor is just as good of a runner as any QB in the NFL. This will be the only week of the year that i hope he loses though, we should be able to handle him. doesnt have enough weapons around him.

  • T R

    yeah i dropped Pryor and picked up Ben.. i could stand to start Pryor over my Steelers.. so i have big ben… go ben..

  • Riverstko

    Thats the reason why i cant play fantasy football. My whole team would be steelers.Steelers Proud!

  • Riverstko

    The defense must watch TP on 3rd down. He will try to win the game on 3rd down by droping back but running instead. He is tricky, so the d has to be ready to attack first.

  • Dr. Doom

    That I am not sure about, they could just keep him on one side. But I think he plays better but Streater is their defacto #1

  • thatninjab

    I think the raiders will break off some big runs but ultimately they won’t win with field goals. 31-19 Steelers

  • thatninjab

    McFadden hasn’t rushed well in over a year. The threat is when TP scrambles and runs option keepers.

  • Dr. Doom

    And that big game was against Pittsburgh. Even though he has not run well, he can take it 80 yards in a heartbeat.