The Oakland Raiders, long the NFL's rogue team, have unveiled their latest rebellion: winning with an offense that makes absolutely no sense.
In a league where every team values a specific scheme and mission, the Raiders have stunned observers by outperforming expectations with a disjointed offense. (Granted, we're speaking relatively here: The Raiders, who last made the playoffs in 2002, have a modest 3-4 record.)
They have used 196 different offensive lineups on the field, 10% more than anyone else in the NFL. They are led by second-year quarterback Terrelle Pryor, a player who is so raw, he admitted over the summer that he only recently learned how to properly throw a football. Yet he has had some eye-popping feats thus far this season.
On Sunday, in a 21-18 home win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pryor had the longest run by a quarterback in NFL history—93 yards—on the game's very first play. Then he put together a 25.7 passer rating, the worst by a winning quarterback since 1972, the year Raiders coach Dennis Allen was born.