The Oakland Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-18 in Week 8, due in large part to another big game on the ground from quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor rumbled for 106 yards on the day, including a 93-yard score that's the longest ever by a quarterback.
NFL National Lead Writer Ty Schalter has seen enough of Pryor to know that he's the future under center for the Silver and Black:
On the surface, it seemed like little was at stake as the Oakland Raiders hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game featured two teams hoping to take a step forward from 2012, but stuck in the basement of their respective divisions with the season nearly half over.
The loser of this game would be doomed to playing for the future—and, in all likelihood, the winner would be too.
The future, though, is exactly what the Raiders found.
Terrelle Pryor, who elevated his stock from "lucky to be on the roster" to "might have a shot to start" with his preseason performances, closed the gap from "starter for now" to "quarterback of the future" on the very first play against the Steelers.
We know Pryor has otherworldly physical potential, and he knows it too. Pryor told NFL.com's Albert Breer, "I know I can do things other people can't," and he certainly showed that Sunday.
Pryor also told Breer, "What I'm focused on is doing my job, getting better at being a quarterback." The Raiders leaned heavily on Darren McFadden and the running game after that, and Pryor threw a couple of interceptions that kept the Raiders from burying the Steelers early.
The important part: Neither was a bad decision or even a bad throw.
Pryor slightly overthrew Brice Butler after a brilliant scramble and deep throw, and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu just happened to be in the right place at the right time. The other was a Butler bobble that, again, was plucked out of the air by a fortunate Steelers defender.
Pryor has proven he can put the Raiders in the lead with great plays and keep the Raiders in the lead with safe plays. "I'm trying to live in the present, not the future," Pryor told Breer. And so should Raiders fans—because for the first time in a long time, their future at quarterback is secure.