Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Raiders QB job becomes muddled

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Raiders coach Dennis Allen said the starting quarterback competition remains open one day after Terrelle Pryor outplayed Matt Flynn during Friday's 34-26 loss to the Bears.

Allen has said the main criteria will be who gives the offense a better chance to score. Pryor, the former Ohio State star entering his third season, led Oakland to 20 points in two quarters of work Friday against backups. He finished 7-of-9 for 93 yards and ran for a 25-yard touchdown.

"Every day I just want to get 1 percent better," he said.

Flynn, acquired from Seattle for a fifth-round pick during the offseason, was 3-of-6 for 19 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions and led the Raiders to no points Friday.

"Terrelle … added a spark to us offensively," Allen said of Friday's game. "I don't think Matt played as well as he or we would have liked for him to play."

Raiders fans have made their decision. They booed Flynn throughout Friday and chanted "Pry-or! Pry-or!"

"That's going to happen when you have passionate fans," said Flynn, who last week against the Saints was 12-of-16 for 124 yards and a touchdown. "Fans expect a certain level of performance, and we obviously didn't meet that."

Packers: Quarterback Graham Harrell will be released, espn.com reported, which would mean Vince Young will back up Aaron Rodgers.

Bills lose second QB

LANDOVER, Md. — Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb, competing with EJ Manuel to start, left in the first quarter of a 30-7 loss to the Redskins with concussion-like symptoms.

Kolb was kneed in the back of the helmet at the end of a scramble and left four plays later. Manuel sat after recent left knee surgery, leaving undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel as the only healthy quarterback on the roster. Matt Leinart and John Beck will work out for the team as soon as today, Fox Sports reported.

The Redskins lost their punt returner, Richard Crawford, for the season with torn ligaments in his left knee sustained during a third-quarter return.

Jets 24, Giants 21 OT: The Jets' quarterback situation got murkier. Rookie Geno Smith was 16-of-30 for 199 yards a touchdown and three interceptions while playing into the fourth quarter. Then Mark Sanchez hurt his right (throwing) shoulder when hit after releasing a pass. His condition was not available. The Giants lost safety Stevie Brown, who had eight interceptions last season, to a sprained left knee. His status is unknown.

Broncos 27, Rams 26: Alec Ogletree starred for the visiting Rams. The linebacker fell to 30th after off-field issues at Georgia. Saturday, he returned a fumble 13 yards for a touchdown, intercepted Peyton Manning and had six tackles and two pass breakups.

Cowboys 24, Bengals 18: The starting offense for the host Cowboys scored its first two touchdowns of the preseason. Tony Romo was 13-of-18 for 137 yards and two scores over five series.

Titans 27, Falcons 16: The host Titans sacked Matt Ryan five times and got the best performance of the preseason from Jake Locker. Locker, playing into the third quarter, was 11-of-13 for 133 yards and a touchdown.

Chiefs 26, Steelers 20 OT: Jamaal Charles ran seven times for 10 yards for the visiting Chiefs in his first game since spraining his right foot earlier this month.

Eagles 31, Jaguars 24: Michael Vick, named the starter last week, was 15-of-23 for 184 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the visiting Eagles. His best work came under pressure, when he kept several plays alive and scrambled for 53 yards.

Colts 27, Browns 6: The starting defense for the host Colts allowed just four first downs and three plays in its territory, one a punt. It also forced two turnovers, including Larry Asante's 48-yard interception return for a touchdown.

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