Harvard is a real place and a mythical place at the same time, and home to some of the brightest minds in the country. Also, Rob Gronkowski is there.
He’s there because Rob Gronkowski can’t teach women about football just anywhere. Women are smart creatures, after all, and maybe holding a “Football 101” clinic for women at Harvard feels less condescending than doing it elsewhere? It was not long before I believed it actually might be working.
Over these past four games, the only game the Raiders won was against the Steelers in which after the Raiders took an early lead, they took the ball out of Pryor’s hands and rode the defense to a close victory. They escaped by the skin of their teeth, as they say, and yet the coaches felt like if they had remained aggressive by having Pryor go to the air, he would have given the game away.
He had already thrown two interceptions in the first half and the coaches weren’t eager to take that chance again so they opted for the less risky option of having a worn out defense that barely edged out the Steelers despite a 21-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Pryor now has 5 passing touchdowns to 10 interceptions on the season. He threw just one interception Sunday after having thrown at least two in the previous three games (3 against the Chiefs in week 6), but that interception was one of the most costly of all. It is what ultimately decided the game. The Raiders were nearing field goal range and would have been at least a 9-point lead. The interception resulted in a Giants touchdown and a 1-point deficit.
The Raiders wouldn’t score another point in the game and Pryor finished 11 of 26 (42%) for 122 yards and a passer rating of 40.9. He also added a fumble late in the game.
The season in which JaMarcus Russell had his lowest point was his last in the NFL. It will take a major resurgence from Pryor to pull out of the tailspin he’s been in lately. Not even Russell had a five-game stretch at Pryor’s current rating.