Patriots keep Seymour quiet
October, 3, 2011
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
OAKLAND -- Maybe the biggest story line leading up to Sunday's Patriots-Raiders clash centered around Richard Seymour and the six-time Pro Bowler facing his old team for the first time.
Cary Edmondson/US PresswireRichard Seymour did more harm than good for the Raiders Sunday vs. the Patriots.
It's fair to say that Seymour might have done more harm than good for his team, however, registering a pair of 15-yard penalties on New England's first scoring drive, then his name rarely came up the rest of the day. Seymour finished with three tackles.
"Obviously, any game you play, you want to win," said Seymour, who shared a moment with owner Robert Kraft before the game, but wouldn't divulge any of the conversation. "It's no different from what happened last week. Our objective is to win and, when you don't get that done, it's very disappointing, but you live to fight another day. We're not gonna hang our heads and say, 'Oh, here we go again.' We're just gonna keep fighting, keep plugging away."
Seymour, traded to the Raiders before the start of the 2009 season in exchange for a 2011 first-round draft pick (Nate Solder), got off on the wrong foot and never recovered. With the Patriots facing 3rd-and-9 at their own 21 early in the first frame, he didn't hear a whistle blowing the play dead and wrapped up quarterback Tom Brady. The two did a little pirouette before Seymour dumped Brady to the ground and was flagged for unnecessary roughness.
Soon after, Seymour got flagged for a 15-yard facemask while tackling BenJarvus Green-Ellis on a short run. Three players later the Patriots were in the end zone, erasing the only lead Oakland enjoyed.
"That first one, they said that they blew the whistle, but it was so loud I never heard a whistle," said Seymour. "The ref said it was unnecessary roughness, but I was like, 'He wasn't down,' but they said I tried to sling him down, or whatever the case. At the end of the day, that wasn't the story line. The story line was we couldn't get off the field and there was too many penalties over the course of the game. You can't beat a good football team when you're beating yourself as well, so we have to play better."