The Indianapolis Colts had to think they were in line for an easy win against the hapless Oakland Raiders, but they didn’t know what they were getting into with quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was making just the second start of his pro career. But the former Ohio State Buckeye had the Colts on their heels the entire game, running and throwing as good as any dual-threat QB in the league, and almost propelled the Raiders to a monumental Week 1 upset.
Despite the loss, Pryor provided hope to a franchise that hasn’t had much in the past decade, and now the Raiders are giving Pryor the full-time gig.
Danny Amendola made quite a first impression on the New England Patriots. Against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Amendola registered 10 critical catches while playing through a pulled groin to help the Pats rally to overcome the upstart Buffalo Bills, 23-21.
During Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Jacksonville Jaguars were hit hard on the injury front. They’ve already announced Blaine Gabbert is out and Chad Henne will replace him, but they also lost Gratz to a right shin injury that will cost him at least three weeks.
The Carolina Panthers have lost starting right guard Garry Williams after he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Williams missed a chance to be a full-time starter when he suffered a broken ankle in the 2011 preseason, and now it appears he’ll miss-out once again. He’s started 21 games for the Panthers at both guard and tackle in his four-year career.