Sam Riche MCT Terrelle Pryor gets the call to start again for the Raiders, though coach Dennis Allen says the young quarterback needs to correct some mistakes.

QB change Sunday – for Jacksonville

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 10, 2013 - 6:07 am

ALAMEDA – There won't be a quarterback guessing game in Oakland this week.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen confirmed the expected Monday, declaring Terrelle Pryor the starter for Sunday's home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars after Pryor's strong performance against the Indianapolis Colts.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars' starting quarterback job grew less stable. The team announced that starter Blaine Gabbert won't play because of a hand injury suffered in his team's opener. Jacksonville will go with Chad Henne, who relieved an injured Gabbert early in a game against the Raiders last season in Oakland.

Pryor passed for 217 yards and rushed for 112 yards in the Raiders' 21-17 loss to the Colts on Sunday. His second interception came on the Raiders' final play deep in Colts territory.

"The great ones find a way to get in the end zone in the clutch," Pryor said Monday. "I missed out on that. I wasn't so great (Sunday)."

Pryor started one game in his first two NFL seasons. He received the nod against the Colts after outperforming Matt Flynn in exhibition games.

Pryor called his performance "awful." Allen said that shows Pryor's passion and dedication. There's also plenty of room for improvement.

"I wouldn't go so far as to say that he was awful, but he also understands that there's some critical mistakes in the game that we got to get corrected because we can't have those," Allen said Monday.

Notes – Running back Darren McFadden managed only 48 rushing yards on 17 carries (2.8 average).

Even so, Allen said he remains convinced McFadden is on the verge of a breakout season.

"I'm not concerned with who gets the yards," Allen said. "We were able to run and run effectively. Darren's going to get his touches. Darren's going to get his yards."

Allen said there were "opportunities" for the Raiders to spring McFadden for long runs, but they failed to materialize.

McFadden averaged a career-low 3.3 yards per carry last season. A switch from a zone-blocking scheme to a power-blocking scheme is expected to benefit McFadden.

• Marquette King replaced veteran Shane Lechler this season as the Raiders' punter and as the holder for field goals and extra points.

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski worked with Lechler, now with the Houston Texans, from 2000 to 2012. Janikowski said he and King concentrated on getting in sync during the offseason.

Janikowski missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt. King accepted the blame, but not so fast.

"The hold was fine," Allen said. "SeaBass just missed the kick. That's something he doesn't do often."

To that end, Allen said, King and Janikowski will spend more time working together.

• The Raiders' offensive line allowed one sack and held up well, despite two new starters and Khalif Barnes moving from right tackle to left.

"All things considered, a pretty good overall performance for the O-line in the first (game)," center Stefen Wisniewski said.

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