SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s 93 yard sprint for a touchdown set the tone early as the Raiders beat the Steelers 21-18 in Oakland Sunday.
“That first play of the game for the Raiders took the aggressiveness out of the Steelers defense the entire first half,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew.
“They were so worried about Pryor running, they spread out and kept watching him, and he could have just done anything with any other player.”
With an 18 point lead at half time, the Raiders scored only once more in the game.
“I think they probably started to shut it down too soon,” John said. “21 points — 21 to 3 — is pretty good at half time, but I still think you need to play full throttle in the third quarter.”
Madden said the Raiders’ improvement has a lot to do with Pryor.
“He’s not perfect. He’s still struggling and working and learning, and all that stuff. But he gives you hope because he can run with the ball.”
Elsewhere, The San Francisco 49ers had no trouble beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-10 in London Sunday.
“I was going to say (Jacksonville) is not very good, but that would be too good of a grade. They’re not any good,” Madden said. “But still the 49ers did what they had to do. Just because you have to go to England and you have play a bad team, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to play. I thought they were prepared. I thought they played hard. I thought they were aggressive. I thought they went after them. I thought they did all the things you have to do when you play an NFL football game.” (6:25)