The Las Vegas Raiders suffered their first loss under interim head coach Antonio Pierce in Week 11, falling 20-13 to the Miami Dolphins. The Raiders fought hard to make it a close game, but their offense—especially quarterback Aidan O’Connell—regressed and couldn’t get anything going after the first quarter.
O’Connell connected with Davante Adams for a 46-yard touchdown during the final seconds of the first frame, giving Las Vegas a 10-7 lead at the time. However, the Dolphins scored on the following possession to re-take the lead, and the Raiders offense didn’t get another first down for two more quarters.
Miami only scored six points in the second half as Las Vegas’ defense tightened up, however, that was more than enough. Three interceptions from O’Connell and two controversial decisions by Pierce to go for two fourth-down conversations kept the Silver and Black off the scoreboard in the second half, resulting in the loss.
The quarterback and head coach faced the media after the game, and below are a few of the highlights from the post-game press conferences and posts from X, the site formerly known as Twitter.
Pierce gave his thoughts on O’Connell’s performance.
Raiders got a little conservative and it sounds like that came from the top.
Pierce said he was trying to protect his quarterback by being conservative at end of first half. “Didn’t want anything negative to happen.”— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) November 19, 2023
The rookie showed some awareness and gave the defense love after the game.
O’Connell praised his defense and said this loss “starts with me.” There is a learning curve for a rookie, as he acknowledged.— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) November 19, 2023
Davante Adams weighs in on O’Connell.
Davante Adams on O'Connell's rough day: "We’re not freaking out, he’s not freaking out. We just have to stay together and find a way to convert better.”— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) November 19, 2023
In what was a terrible game offensively for the most part, this was a nice play by Hunter Renfrow and good to see.
Renfrow also shared his thoughts on the game.
“I think this is gonna bring us closer.”— Vegas Sports Today (@VegasSportsTD) November 19, 2023
Hunter Renfrow speaks after the Raiders hard fought 20-13 defeat at the hands of the Dolphins.
: By @Sean_Zittel, Vegas Sports Today#RaiderNation @VegasSportsTD pic.twitter.com/XwM4PbtPqb
Mark Davis wasn’t a fan of the Raiders 4th and 3 play.
Mark Davis reacts to the bad play call on 4 and 3 to the Endzone by Antonio Pierce pic.twitter.com/vNyMA7X2G1— McKay (@RaiderMcKay) November 19, 2023
Maxx Crosby’s thoughts.
“There’s no moral victories…you gotta love this S**t.”— Vegas Sports Today (@VegasSportsTD) November 19, 2023
Maxx Crosby is confident in the Raiders defense after holding the NFL’s no.1 offense to 20 points at home in a hard fought 20-13 loss to the Dolphins in Miami.
: By @Sean_Zittel, Vegas Sports Today#RaiderNation… pic.twitter.com/FBVV8VSk2T
A nice quick breakdown of Adams’ touchdown by The Athletic’s Ted Nguyen, Adams had three defenders accounting for him on the play.
Davante Adams hasn’t beat doubles much this season because you have to get past that second defender (safety) deep and raiders haven’t been able to throw deep. Nice job by AOC letting Adams work and throwing a shot. pic.twitter.com/s8WaTPkkmb— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) November 19, 2023
Q’s post below pretty much sums up the game for the Raiders.
Can’t complain about the effort, just missed multiple opportunities.— Your Boy Q (@YourboyQ254) November 19, 2023
Raiders defense gave them a chance.
Fumble - 3 points
Fumble - 3 points
Interception - 0 points
Missed FG good field position - 0 points
Turnover on downs - 3 & out
Bad punt, great Field position - 0 points