KANSAS CITY -- It would be easy to point a finger at Terrelle Pryor’s stat sheet, look at the final score and then peg Pryor as the main culprit in the Oakland Raiders' 24-7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
What’s that old adage about a quarterback getting too much credit when things go well, too much blame when the wheels fall off?
Exhibit A was on display for all to see Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.
Because at one point, Pryor was seven of nine passing for 100 yards and a quarterback rating of 150.0 as the Raiders built a 7-0 lead and Oakland was winning every aspect of the game.
But Pryor finished with a passer rating of 45.7, with 18 completions in 34 attempts for 216 yards, a touchdown and three critical interceptions.
He also became the first Raiders quarterback to be sacked 10 times in a game since Jeff George in 1998, the first quarterback since Donald Hollas that same year to be sacked at least eight times and be picked off at least three times in a game. Pryor is the 10th such quarterback in the NFL since 1982 with that dubious double.
“It’s part of the learning experience,” said Raiders coach Dennis Allen. “He’s under a lot of pressure for the majority of the day and he still has to learn when to take those risks, when to give up on the play, get rid of the ball, don’t take a hit and don’t allow a sack. But those are things that, when we get a chance to go in and watch film (Monday), are all teachable moments and learning experiences for him.”
Then there was this: Pryor’s offensive line liquefied in front of him.
Right tackle Tony Pashos, who missed last week with a groin injury, re-aggravated it and sat out the second half.
Besides the 10 sacks, there were 14 quarterback hits by the Chiefs.
“That’s a hard pill to swallow,” said Raiders running back Darren McFadden. “You don’t want your quarterback to get hit that many times.”
Pryor did have a team-high 60 yards rushing on six carries.
“There were a few times I was holding my breath when he took off,” said Chiefs coach Andy Reid. “We were able to keep him boxed up for the most part, but when he goes and takes off and runs, he can take off and run.”
Then there was the noise -- the Chiefs claimed they set a new world record for an outdoor sports stadium with a decibel count of 137.5 -- and the 11 flags, six of which were pre-snap penalties, three delay of game and three false starts. Plus, two more delays were avoided by timeouts being called by the Raiders.
“It’s a learning process, but at the same time, it’s not,” Pryor said. “It’s time to go. We’ll be ready. Like I said, A lot of people fall, but it’s about who gets back up. And I’m back up. I’m going to make sure everybody on the team is up.
“We’ll be back. Two and four? We can get to the playoffs.”
It’s good to have goals, no doubt. And the biggest learning lesson of this game was probably Pryor figuring out when to not throw the ball. His three picks resulted in 17 points for the Chiefs. And the final margin was 17 points.
“It’s hard for me to do because I’m a playmaker,” Pryor said. “I love making plays. I just love making plays. I have to realize sometimes it’s time to quit.”
Or learn to live for another play.