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Richard Seymour: Raiders Bring ‘Nasty, Rip-Your-Head-Off Brutality’

After several years of mediocrity and oftentimes embarrassment, the Oakland Raiders appear on the verge of getting their swagger back.  Darren McFadden is clearly one of the game’s most explosive backs and the Raiders have done a tremendous job of pounding the football early in the season.  A victory at home over the Jets that included 234 yards on the ground should give Oakland confidence they can grind out wins against the better teams in the league — including the Patriots.

The team that traded Richard Seymour in 2009 for a first-round pick will visit the Black Hole on Sunday.  Seymour has helped anchor a Raiders defense that is starting to regain its identity, and from the sound of it he’s enjoying every bit of it.

“Just the mystique of that uniform,” Seymour told the Boston Herald. “It’s more than a team. You’re carrying a culture with you. We play Raider football. Nasty, rip-your-head-off brutality. As a lineman, that’s the ultimate.’’

Those comments come just a few days after Seymour described the Raiders defense as X-rated, so he may be getting a bit carried away in voicing his opinion.  Still, it is important to have leaders like Richard who inject confidence into the team.  Jason Campbell is a mediocre quarterback, but if Oakland can continue to pound the ball with McFadden and make plays on defense they will become a legitimate playoff contender.

Richard Seymour Describes Raiders’ Defense as ‘X-Rated’

The Raiders beat the Jets 34-24 Sunday in Oakland to improve to 2-1 on the season. They’re tied with the Chargers for first in the AFC West, and their players are particularly proud of their defensive effort.

During introductions before the game, Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour went Dante Hall and threw up an “X.” After the game, he explained what it meant.

“When I throw up the ‘X,’ that means it’s time to put the kids to bed,” Seymour said. “It’s X-rated out there. That means if you’re 13 and under, don’t watch this.”

The defense didn’t exactly bring the pain early in the game, falling behind 17-7. In the second half, they delivered four sacks of Mark Sanchez, and one broken nose.

Seymour has actually been doing the “X” gesture since joining the Raiders in 2009. In an interview last year, he said the “X” symbolized what the Raiders were about to do defensively. Now apparently the gesture has changed to mean that the things are getting X-rated. I guess that’s what happens when your team is balling. Seymour shouldn’t get too cocky though — the offense has really carried them. Without Darren McFadden, they wouldn’t be 2-1.

Richard Seymour Ejected After Pushing Ben Roethlisberger in the Face

The Oakland Raiders were so badly outclassed by the PIttsburgh Steelers Sunday that they had to resort to dirty play. Late in the second quarter with his team up 14-3, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to rookie Emmanuel Sanders. Roethlisberger must have said something to Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour after the TD because Seymour responded with an open palm punch to the face. Check it out:

Seymour got the boot after that move and pretty much took away any chance Oakland had at a comeback. The Raiders were completely overmatched, getting outgained 431-182. Oakland allowed six sacks, turned it over three times, and pretty much was pressured on every offensive play. Jason Campbell was totally ineffective and the Raiders should have changed to Bruce Gradkowski after halftime while they still had a chance instead of late in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Ben Roethlisberger had his second really good game of the season. He went 18-29 for 275 yards and three touchdowns, taking advantage of short fields on numerous occasions. Pittsburgh hasn’t become the dominant team I expected them to be, but they looked great on Sunday.

Thanks to Amir A. for the gif