Freeman has since signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.
In the game Sunday night, Pryor proved that the Raiders did not need Freeman, anyway, in a 27-17 win over the Chargers.
Pryor completed his first 10 passes and threw for two touchdowns in the first quarter. He finished with 18 completions in 23 attempts for 221 yards, along with the two touchdowns. He threw no interceptions.
The Chargers tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, with quarterback Philip Rivers throwing two touchdown passes in his first 400-yard passing game of the season.
Rivers also had three interceptions, though, as the Chargers played without injured starting offensive linemen Chad Rinehart and King Dunlap. They also lost running back Ryan Matthews in the first half to a concussion.
The Raiders had several injured starters as well, but Pryor was able to work around the challenge to carry his team to a win. Coming out of Ohio State, Pryor was expected to be a star right away in the NFL. Now, he is poised to prove predictions right -- just a little later than expected.
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