Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) throws a pass against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Matt McGloin the new starter in Oakland?


The Oakland Raiders won their first game since October 27th – a 21-18 win at home over the Pittsburgh Steelers – with their 28-23 win at the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Rashad Jennings had a breakout game at the running back position filling in for the oft-hobbled Darren McFadden, running 22 times for 150 yards and a touchdown.

McFadden however, isn’t the only Raiders’ player that needs to worry about losing snaps due to a solid performance from his backup.

Behind center for the injured Terrelle Pryor was undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, and he was good.  The Penn State product went 18-of-32 for 197 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions en route to the much needed victory for Oakland.

Is there a QB controversy in Oakland?  Scott Bair at CSN Bay Area reports that head coach Dennis Allen will evaluate the situation.

“Here’s what I’m going to do; I’m going to enjoy this win,” Allen said. “Then we’ll go back and we’ll evaluate. Matt definitely did a very good job today.”

In his previous four games, Pryor threw 8 interceptions to just one touchdown — bringing his season total to 5 TDs against 10 picks on the year.  Oakland went 1-3 in those starts.

“This is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” McGloin said, according to the report. “I’ve been prepared for a while now to get in there. My team really supported me. That’s one of the big reasons why I prepared as hard as I could this week and gave it everything I had.”

Pryor still leads the team in rushing yards with 504 this season, but with a sprained MCL his poor passing numbers and lack of recent success may lead to more starts for the less mobile McGloin.

“We have a healthy relationship, Pryor and I,” McGloin said. “You know, this is his team. Film work, what to expect, how to handle situations, he was really there for me the whole way. I’m happy to be playing quarterback with him.”

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  • Raider3

    Mcgloin is now the man

  • Glenn

    Matt played very well, no question. However, this win belongs to the D. They gave him a short field but other than the run by Jennings, he was kind of in the same boat as TP. WR drops are killing us. I will take the W, that was huge!

  • George Sealy

    What McGloin lacks in mobility he makes up with leadership, smarts, and confidence. To me he is the kind of guy you build a team around, kind of like Bart Starr was in the old days.

  • KloverJane

    It was a different looking game for sure. the worst is the three and out. And run up the middle for nothing. A friend of mine who’s not a fan was watching and he was like why are they throwing the ball 2 yards past the line of scrimmage? such a weak looking offense when they do that. almost zero chance for a first down. yes somehow we won miraculously thank God

  • bill kush

    Ok he had a good game but I’m not ready to make him the starter. it’s a lot easier when you have a short field. Besides he had a lot of 3 & outs. Some on the WR but he wasn’t perfect. I think we should stick with Pryor.