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Antonio Pierce suffers first loss as Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach

Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach Antonio Pierce

Antonio Pierce suffered his first loss as interim head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders at the weekend.

The American Football Conference West Division side have struggled on the road this season and that trend continued when their play-off hopes were dented in a 20-13 defeat against Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.

Dolphins cornerback Jalen Ramsey clinched Miami’s victory when he picked off Raiders’ rookie quarterback Aidan O'Connell in the end zone with his second interception late in the third quarter.

“At the end of the game, we're in plus territory with a chance to tie it up and maybe win it, and we didn't get it done,” Pierce commented on Raiders Today.

“We’ve got to do a better job matching the game and not put them in those situations where Aidan has to win the game, and that starts with me.”

O’Connell completed 24 of 41 passes for 271 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions and wide receiver Davante Adams had 82 receiving yards and a touchdown. Running back Josh Jacobs rushed for 39 yards on 14 carries.

The Raiders led twice but trailed the Dolphins 13-14 at the half and were unable to add to their tally when play resumed as Miami kicked two field goals in the third quarter.

“I think offensively we have a lot of things to look at, and we'll do that,” added Super Bowl winner Pierce, who was appointed as Raiders interim head coach for the rest of the season after the firing of Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler late last month.

Sunday’s loss means the Raiders slip from second to third in the AFC West Division and to 5-6 for the season.

They will now look to get back to winning ways at the earliest opportunity when they host Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

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Published November 20, 2023 at 5:33 pm (Updated November 21, 2023 at 8:15 am)

Antonio Pierce suffers first loss as Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach

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