Luck, Colts Hold Off Raiders

The Oakland Raiders gave the Indianapolis Colts a scare in week one, but it was the Colts that held on for their first win of the season.NFL: Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts

Raiders’ quarterback Terrelle Pryor had all eyes on him after news came out earlier in the week of him being named the team’s starter, and he did not disappoint.

Pryor did have two interceptions, including the game-clinching turnover, but he did add 329 total yards, 112 rushing, with one touchdown.

When Pryor decided to run with the ball, the Colts simply could not stop him. It was his play-making ability that made this game what it was, and it was a great effort on his part.

For the Raiders, Darren McFadden had 48 yards and one touchdown on the ground, and Rod Streater caught five passes for 70 yards.

Andrew Luck added another fourth quarter come-from-behind victory to his resume after he ran 19 yards for the go-ahead score late in the game.

Luck finished the game with 178 yards and two touchdowns on 18/23 passing, and also added the one rushing touchdown and 38 yards.

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis ColtsLuck’s go-to target was none other than Reggie Wayne, who caught all eight passes thrown his way for 96 yards and one touchdown.

Other Colts receivers had fairly quiet days, including Darrius Heyward-Bey, who caught three passes for 33 yards; and T.Y. Hilton, who only had 20 yards on three passes.

The Colts have been preaching having a more balanced team that runs the ball a lot, and they showed that against the Raiders by finishing with 26 total rushes compared to the 23 pass attempts.

Vick Ballard led the team with 13 rushes for 63 yards.

Ahmad Bradshaw only ran the ball seven times for 26 yards as he continues to come back from being injured all summer and preseason. Many expect him to overtake Ballard’s carries, but for now it appears that Ballard will be getting more of the work.hi-res-176178404_crop_650x440

Despite struggling to stop Pryor from running, the Colts still had a solid defensive effort- which included having the three-leading tacklers in the game in LaRon Landry, Antoine Bethea, and Jerrell Freeman who had 15, 11 and 10 tackles respectively.

Greg Toler and Bethea also added one interception each.

This was a solid win for the Colts, but they have many things to work on before they get ready to play the Miami Dolphins next week.

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