Closer look at 9 Chiefs sacks on Terrelle Pryor

Peter Aiken

Here's a look at 9 of the 10 Pryor sacks from the Chiefs game. As you'll see there's quite a bit going on in every play and these plays don't all fit nicely into a single convenient narrative. There were plays being made by the Chiefs' defense, there were some mistakes on the offensive line, there were (potentially) a couple of incorrect protection calls, and then Pryor made a few misreads.

On the plus side, though, are quite a few things to take away and build upon. Even in some of these agonizing plays, the Raiders were doing some very good things and there were just a few misses here and there. This is encouraging because it indicates that the offense was not quite as poor as it seemed and if they can get some of these things fixed and if the offensive unit can get on the same page, there are some plays to be made.

This should also point out exactly how difficult it is for the Offensive Line to handle blocking assignments. It's just hard and it is actually amazing how some Lines can make it look so easy to pick it all up. The Raiders' line is making it look difficult for a variety of reasons, but there is hope and as anything it is a growing process.

And while we all hate the Chiefs, we should take a moment to realize exactly how good this defense was that the Raiders faced. The athleticism on that defensive front, all the way down to Tyson Jackson and Akeem Jordan is incredible. And the Chiefs' DC Bob Sutton has done an absolutely fantastic job in preparing them on how to attack and contain Pryor. Those sacks were no accident and while Pryor made some miracle escapes early in the game, the Chiefs' defense adjusted to it as the game wore on. That's impressive. So, a very reluctant Hat Tip to the Chiefs.

The last thing is that in reviewing these plays, Terrelle Pryor does not look nearly as bad as he did in real-time. He looked incapable, out of his depth, and just generally overwhelmed. But in reviewing these sack plays, there was more to each play and it becomes clear what he's looking at. For instance, there's one play where he was clearly tricked by the coverage. That's easily correctable and he and Greg Olson can sit down and fix that fairly quickly.

What will be more interesting as the Raiders move forward is how the upcoming defenses prepare and handle Pryor. And then how Pryor reacts to them. The Chiefs' approach is likely going to be the template for other defenses. So we need to pay close attention to the next couple of games and that should give us a rough idea of how Pryor will adjust. He's already done nearly the impossible with his rapid growth over the past year. Let's see what he's got in store next.

A side note: I excluded the Pryor sack on the Read Option play. There really wasn't much to glean from that play and since it was a designed run play, the philosophy of that play doesn't really fit with the rest of this analysis ( Pryor being sacked on passing plays).

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Sack #1 Derrick Johnson's Blitz

1st Quarter, 10:06. 0-0 Score. 3rd-and-6 from the OAK 22. Sacked by Derrick Johnson for -7 yards.

Early in the game, the Chiefs bring pressure and get to Pryor. Here, they use a 6-man pressure, blitzing both LB Derrick Johnson and S Eric Berry. DMC will pick up Berry's blitz. But Derrick Johnson does an excellent job of evading the blocking, looping around and finding a gap to get in to Pryor.

This is a 6-man pressure. Even with 6 protectors, the ball should come out quickly and he has a Hot receiver running a shallow drag right in front of him. But unfortunately, Pryor is looking down the left sideline for a slower-developing route.

The offensive line actually does a very good job of picking up their assignments and it appears Pryor gets "spooked" a little bit when Berry flashes in front of him, while being blocked by DMC. Pryor has a little bit more time than he thinks he does and then runs right into Derrick Johnson.

At first blush, this may seem like a lack of awareness, but it could also be a sense of the game situation. On 3rd-and-6, the 3-4 yard route with a trailer defender will probably be stopped short and the Raiders will punt. Meanwhile Denarius is running an out-route at 8 yard depth. Pryor appears to be going after that for the first down.

The conservative play is to make the quick throw to the checkdown receiver. This is what Matt Flynn would do. The more aggressive play is to wait it out, hope the protection gives a little bit more time, and look to make the first down throw.

Still 1 : Blocking

Houston and Hali will rush outside from their Wide 9 alignments. They will rush straight upfield and the set the containment.

DTs Bailey and Poe will take straight rushes with Poe drawing the double team from Gurode and Nix. Eric Berry will blitz as will Derrick Johnson; Johnson will attack the A gap and Gurode will disengage his double team to pick up this blitz.

Still 2 : Initial Engagement

Each blocker has their man. After delaying momentarily, Derrick Johnson blitzes. It appears that Johnson had man coverage on DMC and when he sees that McFadden is staying in for protection, Johnson is free to blitz.

Gurode sees Johnson and will disengage. But DJ will hop one gap away so that Gurode can't reach him.

Still 3 : Switch and Handoff Blocks

So what's Gurode to do? When we talk about "Offensive Line Chemistry", it is instances like this that reflect it.

Johnson is moving in Brisiel's gap, but Brisiel is occupied with his block on Bailey. So Gurode will engage Bailey, shove the entire mass over and allow Brisiel to slide over and pick up Johnson. By squeezing the two rushers into each other, they can create one big Red mass that should not get to Pryor.

In theory this is very nice. In practice, at game speed, it's very difficult. And this time, the handoff is awkward and the Derrick Johnson will get in free.

Still 4 : Routes and Coverage

The Chiefs show Cover-2 shell but will rotate into Single High and Man Coverage.

With both Eric Berry and Derrick Johnson blitzing, the center of the field is totally vacated. The Raiders will send two receivers into that open area with a shallow drag (at about 4 yards depth) and a deeper dig (at about 7 yards depth).

On the boundary, there's an out-and-up combined with a deep square-out. These are both well-covered and this is to whom Pryor is looking to throw.

Still 5 : Pressure

The pocket breaks down and Pryor brings his eyes down. Streater is open on his drag route, but is still abotu 2 yards shy of the first down marker. Mychal Rivera is running the dig right behind him at first down depth, but there's no throwing lane to him. Moore is just now getting into his out-cut; it took too long to develop and the defender is undercutting that route. Even if Pryor had the time, a throw to Moore would likely have been a Pick-6.

Sack #2 Overload and Protection Mixup

1st Quarter. Score 0-0. 3rd-and-9 from the KC 43. Sacked by Hali and Abdullah for -7 yards.

We normally don't consider a 4-man pressure to be a Blitz. When the Defense brings non-traditional rushers while dropping linemen into coverage, it's the traditional Zone-Dog. The intent is to screw up protection calls and to get a free rusher. Raiders fans should understand this; this is what Tarver tries to do quite often.

The Chiefs will show 6 man pressure but will drop 2 into a Zone Dog. This will leave the protection a bit confused as the entire Offensive right side has no one to block while there are twisting DBs running at the left side. There will be two missed blocks and a protection mixup and the Chiefs will get 3 rushers penetrating.

Still 1 :

The Chiefs have 6 Chiefs at or near the line of scrimmage, including 3 bunched up on the offensive left side (Hali, Abdullah, and Dunta Robinson). The Raiders have 7 blockers if they keep both Rivera (lined up right) and DMC (lined up right) in to block. With a 6 man pressure package, the Raiders will play it safe and call for both Rivera and DMC to block.

The Chiefs will bring only four, but they will overload the offensive left side by bringing Poe, Hali, Abdullah, and Berry while dropping Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson into coverage. Notice the twisting rush paths from the blitzing defensive backs.

With 7 blockers, the Raiders should still be able to pick them up as long as the protection calls hold up. Dontari Poe will make a subtle move that will have cascading effects.

Still 2 : Matchups, Pickups, and Eyes

Dontari Poe takes a jab-step, attacking Gurode's outside shoulder. This forces Gurode to engage Poe. Brisiel has turned in to also take on Poe.

On the offensive left side, there are two blockers and three rushers (Hali, Abdullah, and Robinson). Nix has Hali. Khalif Barnes is dropping and will take the inside rusher; the outside rusher will be picked up by DMC.

The two DBs take parallel outside rush routes, tricking Barnes into thinking that Abdullah is the inside rusher and that Robinson will be running even farther outside; but Robinson will cut back and attack Barnes' inside.

Still 3 : Missing Blocks

DMC has to cross the formation to get to Abdullah, but he does so and is in good position to pick it up. Barnes gave Abdullah a chuck and has over-extended himself over his left foot. Notice that Barnes is so far outside that his right foot is off the ground; that provides no leverage to make a block, even on a "tiny" cornerback.

Nix is totally whiffing on Hali. There are a couple of impressive elements to Hali's rush: he makes a hard cut off his right leg and explodes to the inside (wow), he uses his arms well to knock Nix's hands down, and he "makes himself thin" to shoot the gap between Nix and Gurode.

However, in reviewing this, it appears that Nix is expecting help. Nix gets into very good position, squaring up on Hali and then he looks to block Hali's outside shoulder, as if he thinks Gurode is going to take the inside shoulder for a nice double team. Gurode is late getting there (because of Poe) and Nix is left hanging.

Pryor is looking downfield, trying to find an open receiver even as the protection breaks down.

Meanwhile, another interesting facet of the rush construction is how there is simultaneously containment as well as penetration. The Chiefs are attacking in very disciplined rush lanes and are consistently bracketing Pryor, sometimes in as many as four-directions. That's great preparation and excellent execution.

Still 4 : Sack

Hali cross Pryor's face from the inside. DMC whiffs on his block and ends up on the ground (not sure why DMC was trying to cut Abdullah), and Robinson fills the wake behind Hali.

Still 5 : Routes and Coverage

The presnap look is a blitz and Man coverage with a single safety. But when the Chiefs drop back, they drop into a 3-deep zone. The WRs will attack the seams in the zone at about the 12 yard depth (to get the first down yardage), but these will slow-developing routes.

Still 6 : Pryor's Eyes

The protection on the left side is breaking down and Pryor is looking into receivers that are smothered in the underneath zones. If Pryor had felt the pressure, he would have been able to drop it off to Rivera; recall that Rivera had stayed in for pass pro, but when the defenders dropped off, Rivera released into the pattern. But Pryor expects that the protection is going to hold up since defenders have dropped off.

Still 7 : Offensive Line Confusion

After the play, there's clearly some issue. Someone (apparently Gurode) missed an assignment.

Sack #3 Hali Disrupts the Perfect WR Screen

2nd Quarter, Score 7-0 OAK. 2-and-8, OAK 28. Tyson Jackson sacks for -8 yards.

When there's a perfect offensive play call against a defense and the play goes for a long touchdown, it's obvious to everyone. But sometimes there's an absolutely perfect play call that WOULD have gone for a TD, except for an exceptional play by one man on the defense. That happened here.

The Chiefs blitz and the Raiders call a WR screen that would get Jacoby Ford into the open field. In fact, because of the blitz, Jacoby Ford would have been in a totally clear field with no middle safety and everyone in Chase Mode. With Jacoby's speed and his open field prowess (shown in his Kick Returns), it would probably have been a touchdown.

But one man reads and reacts to it, interrupting the passing lane and taking away the screen.

Even after that, Pryor makes a couple of fantastic Randall Cunningham-esque moves and causes a Scramble Drill. But instead of looking downfield to find Jacoby Ford running open, Pryor looks to run. Unfortunately, the Chiefs' DE Tyson Jackson was in good-enough position to make a play.

Note that at the end of the play, Pryor was calling for the Horse Collar penalty. The refs declined to give it to him, despite the fact that Tyson Jackson clearly grabbed the inside of the back of the collar. This is sometimes called and sometimes not. The Horse Collar definition used to be strictly defined as not just grabbing the inside of the back of the collar, but to pull the player backwards and for the legs to buckle. Thus allowing the grabbing of the collar as long as it doesn't pull the player back over his legs. However, this has been muddled over time and plays very similar to this have been flagged as the penalty.

Still 1 : Blocking

Assignments are sound and it appears as if Tamba Hali is unacounted for. This is the key for the screen being set up. Unfortunately, Hali takes a couple of rush steps and then recognizes the play and then he falls into the passing lane to Ford.

Still 2 : Disrupted Play

Pryor gets outside and looks to throw, but Hali takes it away. The pressure now gets into the backfield. Note that on screen plays, there's not a high premium on pass protection; since the ball is designed to be thrown very quickly, the line only needs to hold off the pass rush until the ball is thrown. As such, it's not surprising that nearly all the pass rushers come free when the initial throw is taken away.

Houston has Pryor dead-to-rights; but Pryor is going to miracle himself out of harm's way; this play likely made the Chiefs' defenders realize (a) how fast/quick Pryor is and (b) what his change of direction pattern is like. They made a clear adjustment to this since Pryor tried this exact same move again but was dropped instead of getting free. This was another example (unfortunately) of a DC making excellent adjustments.

Still 3 : Breaking Free

When Pryor breaks free of Houston's rush, he's in the clear.

Still 4 : Scramble Drill

As Pryor gets into the clearing, he is reading Tyson Jackson and is thinking that he can get to the edge. Unfortunately, he's not looking downfield. Jacoby Ford is running wide open and has a relatively clean field in front of him. If Pryor just looks up and makes this fairly easy throw, it becomes a Big Time highlight play instead of a sack. Missed Opportunity. Twice!

Still 5 : Routes and Coverage

The WRs run clearing routes on the backside and will run to set up lead blocks on the playside. The single safety will have to attack the sideline, but that action combined with the blitz will leave the entire middle of the field clear.

Still 6 : Scramble Route

As Pryor scrambles to his right, Ford is doing exactly what he's supposed to do: he's running to the right also. Meanwhile, there are Chiefs in Chase mode but not near him.

Sack #4 Derrick Johnson, The Spy

3rd Quarter. Score 7-7. 3-and-10, OAK 31. Tamba Hali for -11 yards.

Tamba Hali gets this sack, but this play is pure Derrick Johnson all the way. As Pryor drops to pass, DJ will drop to spy on him as he does so, he falls into the shallow zone that takes away the slant route behind him.

Pryor rolls out and then finds a receiver breaking open. There's a passing lane to him and Pryor sets up and then ... DJ happens, jumping into the passing lane to force Pryor to bring the ball down. That's when Hali finishes off the play.

Another interesting point is how the Chiefs' defense has coordinated their rush and how they have managed their containment. Watch as the Chiefs converage, they will take complementary angles so that even if they don't make the tackle, they force him into someone else. This is absolutely beautiful (dammit).

Still 1 : Blocking and Dropping

First, Houston and Hali have flipped sides so barnes has Houston and McCants has Hali.

DJ will fake a blitz and then drop off; this will confuse the protection, leaving Barnes on an island v Houston. Jennings and Nix will scan and have no one to block. Nix will then help to the right. This results in 3 Raiders on one Chief (Poe) and then the two most dangerous Chiefs (Houston and Hali) matched up one-on-one with the OTs. Hmm....

Still 2 : Pressure

There's not as much pressure as Pryor feels. Houston takes an inside attack and Barnes does a good job of riding him thru; the pocket integrity is relatively solid. But Pryor sees the Flash of Red and reacts, looking to break to the left.

And what we see is not only that Pryor will break the pocket to the left, but that he squares his shoulders to run to the left. This is opposed to sliding to the left, keeping his eyes downfield, and in a good passing position. The aggressive run action gets the DJ The Spy to react upfield.

Still 3 :

DJ reacting to Pryor has vacated the middle of the field and now opens up a passing lane to Brice Butler.

But since Pryor had squared his shoulders to run, he has to re-set himself into a passing stance. The time it takes him to square up downfield allows DJ to get upfield and to jump into the passing lane. No throw.

Still 4 : Leaping DJ

Johnson disrupts the throw and Hali cleans it up.

Still 5 : Routes and Coverage

The Chiefs are in 2-Man and so the defenders can trail the WRs, making this very difficult to get open. Butler gets a step to the inside on the slant, but Derrick Johnson's drop takes the initial throw away.

Still 6 : Rollout

On the rollout, Pryor sees the WR getting open.

Sack #6 Fooled by Combination Coverage

4th Quarter. Score 14-7 KC. 2nd-and-8, OAK 20. Houston sacks for 0 yards.

Sometimes a defensive call is great because it matches perfectly what the offense was trying to do. But sometimes it's great because it confuses the Quarterback just right and tricks him into doing the opposite of what he should be doing.

With the emergence of the highly productive Passing Offenses, this in one of the biggest trends in NFL defenses : Confusing the offense/QB. Now, more than ever before, it is increasingly difficult for a defense to simply match up against an offense. The offenses are just too good and the rules are too skewed in their favor. To combat these offenses, the defense has to rely on forcing the QB into making mistakes, ideally resulting in turnovers. The core to that is disguising the coverage.

Man Coverage has certain strengths and some weaknesses. The different Zone schemse also have strengths and weaknesses. A notable weakness to man coverage (especially Press Man) is that the defensive backs will often be running with their backs to the play, chasing their cover all over the field. This means that if a mobile QB can clear the pocket, he may have some big runs.

In this Sack, the Chiefs' defense will trick Pryor into reading Man Coverage. Instead, the Chiefs will actually be playing a Combo-Coverage. We can think of this as "Tyrion Lannister Coverage" because it is "Half-Man" (Half Zone). The Chiefs will play man coverage on the outside receivers while the interior defenders will drop into zones.

This combination coverage will give the Chiefs the best of both worlds; they will have man coverage on the most dangerous receivers, will have matchup zones on the secondary receivers, and will have defenders facing the play to protect against QB scrambles.

Pryor sees great coverage (no one is open) and will see an opportunity to scramble (if it were Man coverage). He takes the bait and when Derrick Johnson squares up in his zone, it forces Pryor to adjust. Then Houston cleans up.

On a side note, this play is also a testament to Justin Houston's athleticism because even though he is playing containment rush, Pryor would have outrun many OLBs on this play. Houston just barely gets Pryor on this play with one arm around the waist and then catching the ankles.

Still 1 : Blocking

This time protection holds up.

Still 2 : Clearing

Mike Devito takes an inside rush and Houston is upfield, opening up a large running lane. Pryor sees it and takes off.

Still 3 : Closing In

Pryor cuts his path because of Derrick Johnson squaring up on the inside and this puts him into Houston's line. Notice how the Chiefs are surrounding Pryor on the scramble.

Still 4 : Routes and Coverage

Outside defenders are in man and running with the WRs; meanwhile the interior defenders are dropping into quarters with a single safety over the top.

Still 5 : Tricked

Pryor is reading the defense, looking to throw. The gap opens in front of him and he thinks "Man coverage." Notice the WR routes. Pryor expects the two defenders (and Derrick Johnson in particular) to follow their men. If they do so, it vacates the right half of the field and Pryor may be able to get to the sideline. IF it were Man Coverage.

Instead, the zone defenders matched up with the WRs and then passed them off. This put Derrick Johnson into great position on Pryor's scramble.

Sack #7 Blitzed and Missed the Big Play

4th Quarter. Score 14-7 KC. 1st-and-20, OAK 40. Hali sacks for -12 yards.

It's a 6-man pressure package that brings a 7th man when DMC stays in to block. With 7 rushers, that puts stress on the secondary. If the WR can beat the DB before the pressure gets there AND the QB can make the throw, it's a big play going the other way. If the pressure gets there first, vice versa.

There's a big play waiting and ready to happen. Denarius wins, his defender falls down, and Pryor sees it. But there's protection confusion that turns a rusher loose and the pressure gets to Pryor just before he can make the throw. If the protection had just managed to get in #55 LB Akeem Jordan's way for just a moment, this would have been a great play and Raider Nation may be still celebrating.

Still 1 : Blocking

There's a double team inside (Nix, Barnes). Barnes sees Eric Berry blitzing. DMC is staying in to block and so that's his pickup, but Barnes disengages to take him. Now, when Akeem Jordan blitzes, Lucas Nix can't disengage from Mike Devito.

On the opposite side, Marcel Reece will make a beautiful chip block on Tyson Jackson.

Still 2 : Seeing the Play

Akeem Jordan is left alone while there's two-on-one up-top (DMC + Barnes). Is this a miscommunication or is it a bad protection call?

DMC and Barnes have Berry and Mastrud is trying to block Hali around the edge. There's going to be a traffic jam at the top of the screen which results in Mastrud tripping and falling and Hali coming free.

Pryor is looking downfield and sees his receiver running open. He just needs to make the throw...

Still 3 : Pressure

Akeem Jordan flushes Pryor and the rest of the Chiefs surround him, making sure there's no escape plan.

Still 4 : Routes and Coverage

7 Rushers. Chiefs have man coverage with a single safety. The blitzing Akeem Jordan leaves the middle of the field wide open.

Still 5 : Breaking Free

Denarius puts a great move on rookie CB #31 Marcus Cooper and gets him to fall down. Just as Moore gets into his break, Pryor is flushed out of the pocket. Moore is running into the open area of the field. With the deep safety dropping back and the backside CB chasing Rod Streater, there is nothing but open field in front of Denarius. If Pryor could just get the ball to him, it might have been a 60 yard touchdown to tie up the game instead of the 12 yard sack that would bring up 2nd-and-32.

This is (another) heart-breaker.

Sack #8 McFadden Screen is Blown Up

4th Quarter. Score 14-7 KC. 2nd-and-37, OAK 23. Sacked by Eric Berry for -11.

This is the next play after Sack #7 (after the Delay of Game penalty). With the Raiders facing 2nd-and-forever, Greg Olson calls for a SAFE play, a simple screen pass to DMC. If the Chiefs bring pressure again, it could be a nice gain to set up the punt. Otherwise, maybe it goes for just a few yards. There's no real intent to try to convert this distance.

The Chiefs read the screen right away and there's no play. The correct play at the time is to throw it into the dirt at DMC's feet and re-set. But Pryor sees a flash of open space and looks to run. Unfortunately, though, the Chiefs are ready for that, also.

Still 1 : Blocking

Containment rush on the outside by Hali and Houston. And on the inside, the Raiders' offensive line give token blocks and release downfield to lead the screen. Chiefs' DT Allen Bailey reads DMC perfectly and is right on top of him.

Still 2 : Initial Engagement and Release

The Raiders try to release, but the Chiefs are cautiously rushing. There's no play here.

Still 3 : Flashing to Freedom

Pryor sees the clear grass to his left. But since Hali was taking a containment rush, he's in good position to make the play.

Still 4 : Routes and Coverage

The WRs are all running clear-outs against the Man coverage. It does a good job of clearing space and there was definitely space for DMC to run to, but the Chiefs front was not complying.

Still 5 : Reading the Screen

From above, it's clear that the screen was not there.But strangely, it seems that Pryor has checked from DMC and is looking downfield, perhaps at Brice Butler. This is curious (if he really is looking downfield), because any downfield throw on a disrupted screen will likely result in an Ineligible Downfield Penalty.

Sack #9 Scramble with 1 Yard to Go

4th Quarter, Score 24-7 KC. 2nd-and-1, OAK 39. Derrick Johnson sacks for -1 yards.

This is the series just after Pryor threw the Pick 6, effectively ending the game. There is only 0:48 remaining in the game and it's 2nd-and-1.

Pryor will feel one aggressive upfield rush (Hali) but the rest are in Containment mode and Derrick Johnson has dropped into Spy Mode again. Pryor feels a running lane open up in front of him with two linemen there; he thinks he should be able to get at least that one yard and if he gets some blocking, he could break a big one. He is also likely very frustrated as the game nears the end.

In the future, as the linemen get more used to Pryor and how to react to spontaneous runs, they may know to switch into Run-Blocking mode and free up Pryor. But unfortunately, here, they are oblivious and focused on their pass protection. This means that as Pryor breaks the pocket, the blockers are of no help and Pryor just runs into unblocked defenders. Pryor does the smart thing and slides to the ground.

Still 1 : Blocking

Derrick Johnson shows possible blitz but drops. There's only a 3-man rush with DJ spying and Eric Berry man covering DMC.

Still 2 : The Lane Opens

There's a clearing right in front of him. With only 1 yard to go and potential blockers in front of him, this is not too bad a play.

Still 3 : Defensive Reactions

There are at three sets of eyes right on Pryor and the Chiefs are converging on Pryor with very disciplined angles.

Still 4 : Routes and Coverage

Tough to get open against the Chiefs' 2-man.

Still 5 : Everyone Covered

Pryor was looking for the slant on the left side (Andre Holmes). Holmes gets a step on the CB, but Derrick Johnson is occupying the passing lane. With that throw taken away, Pryor decides to tuck and run.

The 2-Man coverage has everyone else covered very well. There's no other throw available.

Sack #10 End of Game

4th Quarter, Score 24-7 KC. 1st-and-10, KC 35. Catapano sacks for -6.

This is the last play of the game. The Raiders are looking for a Hail Mary to make the final score respectable.

It's a four-man rush and once again there's protection confusion. The Raiders get a 3-on-1 and put 1-on-1 on other three. Of course, Catapano is able to beat Lamar Mady and get to Pryor.

Still 1 : Blocking

We can see the triple team and then the one-on-ones everywhere else.

Still 2 : Developing

Barnes actually does well against Hali and Houston is in containment mode.

Still 3 : Catapano Comes Free

As Pryor looks downfield for the WRs routes to develop, Catapano gets free.

Still 4 : Routes and Coverage

KC drops into 3-Deep and the Raiders run vertical routes.

Still 5 : Pressure

As Pryor is getting sacked, most of the WRs are not yet in their breaks and the KC Zone has them well covered anyway.

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