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Raiders-Colts what they’re saying: Self-inflicted wounds keep Las Vegas out of playoffs

Not good enough, the story of the 2023 Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders v Indianapolis Colts
Maxx Crosby, Jonathan Taylor, Bilal Nichols
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While the Las Vegas Raiders playoff hopes were slim heading into Week 17 as they needed to win out to finish the season and get some help, the Raiders were officially eliminated from the postseason with the 23-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Las Vegas had opportunities to take control of the contest, but the team’s offense simply wasn’t good enough to get the job done. They started the game with a 12-play field goal drive, but that would account for all of their first-half points as the Silver and Black punted on their next four possessions and trailed 14-3 heading into the locker room.

The second half was better as the Raiders scored three out of the four times they had the ball, but the defense couldn’t quite hold up their end of the bargain as the Colts put together field goal drives on every possession except for the end of the game kneel down.

Complimentary football was nowhere to be found for Las Vegas and self-inflicted wounds were the reason the Silver and Black came up short, interim head coach Antonio Pierce said via The Athletic’s Vic Tafur.

Below is a round-up of a few highlights from the Raiders’ post-game press conferences and posts/tweets on X, the site formerly known as Twitter.

O’Connell shared a similar statement as Pierce.

One call/play that was controversial and ended up being a major difference in the game was a defensive offsides penalty called on cornerback Jack Jones during a Colts’ field goal attempt. Indianapolis’ kicker missed the attempt but the flag gave him another shot and the Raiders ended up losing by three. From the looks of it, Jones timed up the snap perfectly and made his feelings known after the game.

Mark Davis has met with Pierce, and Josh McDaniels, after games for an extended meeting several times this year and it happened again on Sunday...

Rinse and repeat for Raider Nation.

In the first half, interim offensive coordinator Bo Hardgree decided to run a trick play on third and about half a yard. It didn’t work, Jermaine Eluemunor jumped offsides on the fourth-down attempt and they ended up punting.

Does Mark Davis go after his Great White Buffalo, Jim Harbaugh, in the offseason?

Will Ferrell is all of us.

Before Sunday’s afternoon and night games are completed, the Raiders hold the 11th pick of the draft. How do you think they’ll approach the quarterback situation as we shift the focus to the offseason?