The West Coast sports scene is in full swing for the week of Oct. 28, with the NBA getting ready to tip off on Tuesday night and the NFL hitting its stride as Week 8 is nearly complete.
The Seattle Seahawks will do battle on a national stage against the St. Louis Rams sans Sam Bradford in what could to be a lopsided on Monday Night Football. Seattle is going strong and well positioned to snatch the NFC West crown from the San Francisco 49ers. There’s a lot of football left, however, and plenty more work to do.
Here’s a look out west at what’s happening in the sports world:
Raiders QB makes history
Terrelle Pryor showed off his elite level speed as the Raiders defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-18 in the Black Hole on Sunday. The former Ohio State Buckeye scampered for a 93-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game and set the tone for Oakland’s win early.
What was most impressive about the play was that he outran speedy wideout Denarius Moore, who ran downfield to block and got passed by like he was jogging. The play made history as the longest run by a quarterback.
It also made history on Twitter, where it remained a trending topic for most of the evening:
— Alek Schaffer (@TheRealAlekDrew) October 28, 2013
On one run, Terrelle Pryor already has twice as many fantasy points as Tom Brady.
— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) October 27, 2013
Mike Tomlin: “Read option is the flavor of the month. We look forward to eliminating it” RT @MichaelDavSmith Terrelle Pryor ran for 93-yd TD
— Smart Football (@smartfootball) October 27, 2013
The Steelers forgot Terrelle Pryor likes to run?
— Raiders Beat (@RaidersBeat) October 27, 2013
Per @MercPurdy, Terrelle Pryor’s 93-yard run broke a Raiders record held by Bo Jackson. But how accurate is Pryor with a crossbow?
— SB Nation (@sbnation) October 27, 2013
Hopefully if you had him on your fantasy team, you were one of the few who started him. #GeniusLevel
AFC West keeps rolling
The AFC West was 3-0 on Sunday as the Raiders, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs each came away with wins in what’s shaping up to be the the best division in the NFL.
The Chiefs remain the biggest surprise in the NFL and improved to 8-0 in Andy Reid’s first year in red. The former Eagles head coach attained that record for the first time in his coaching career, which is a significant accomplishment in 15 seasons for the Los Angeles native.
With eight division titles and one Super Bowl appearance to his name, this is shaping up to look like another special season for Reid.
Elsewhere, the Washington Redskins gave the Denver Broncos all they could handle in the Mile High City, battling for four solid quarters until the Broncos pulled away late in the game en route to their seventh in of the season. Peyton Manning shook off some early rust to finish with 354 yards and four touchdowns.
Former Cal star breaks out in Bengals’ win
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones broke out in a big way on Sunday against the New York Jets with eight receptions for 122 yards and a whopping four touchdown catches.
He’s had a monstrous past three weeks, with 15 catches for 250 yards and six touchdowns over that stretch. What was perhaps most impressive is the strength he displayed in out-muscling the Jets defenders Dee Milliner and Darrin Walls.
The 2013 season is turning into a breakout campaign for Jones, who was selected out of Cal in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft. He’s added a new dimension to the potent passing attack and is solidifying the Bengals as a contender in the AFC.
UCLA takes step backward in loss vs. Oregon
UCLA head coach Jim Mora isn’t OK with mediocrity, and he’s definitely not going to tolerate getting destroyed at the hands of the Oregon Ducks lightly.
He didn’t want to hear that the Bruins were close to doing something great, as the situation seemed to indicate with UClA tied with the Ducks, 14-14 as late as the third quarter on Saturday. Instead, he expressed disappointment in the 42-14 result, and said that effort alone isn’t going to get the job done.
“We didn’t come up here to play them close,” Mora said. “We didn’t come up here to give it the old college try. We came up here to win the game and we didn’t get it done and it’s disappointing. I told the guys we played hard but playing hard is not enough.”
Lakers, Clippers set to christen 2013-14 NBA season in L.A.
The NBA season will get underway in Los Angeles on national television on the NBA on TNT in the finale of a triple-header that will mark the beginning of the 2013-14 NBA season.
The inner-city rivalry is already beginning to take on new life as the Clippers enter the season as the favorites to take the season series. Moreover, experts around the league feel the Clippers have a good chance to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.
There are countless story lines to follow heading into the season on both sides.
First, there’s a controversy brewing about the Clippers’ plans to cover up the Lakers’ 16 championship banners and nine retired numbers during home games. Since Tuesday’s contest is a Lakers home game, all of the signs of the Purple and Gold’s past success will be on full display.
Kobe Bryant will sit out the opener, and his return date is still a mystery, though he’s already made significant progress in recovering from a ruptured Achilles. Also on the injury front, Steve Nash‘s effectiveness and minutes continue to be a major question mark as head coach Mike D’Antoni will have to plan on being without his veteran point guard for large stretches during the regular season.
Head coach Doc Rivers has major plans for this year’s Clippers, and in an ironic twist of fate, the team in red and white looks to be the one with the championship-or-bust mentality.
Photo Credit: AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez
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