Every week on ESPNBoston.com, Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss join forces for a Patriots podcast. This week's podcast has been posted and the two look ahead to Sunday's road game against the Raiders.
A big storyline figures to be Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour playing against his old team, the Patriots, for the first time.
"Big Sey, just a dominant player, a dominant force, for so many championship defenses for this organization," Bruschi says. "Usually when the New England Patriots decide to cut ties with a player, they usually don't go to another system and thrive. That's been the opposite with Richard Seymour. He's gone over there and he's still one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the game. You can tell by watching him on the film, how he's still getting pressure on the passer, a force in the running game, that all-around defensive tackle that can play every single down. His size, his speed is still evident. He's still one of the best in the business."
As for the Raiders as a team, Bruschi touches on their physical approach and desire to establish the running game.
"I think that's who they want to be. [Head coach] Hue Jackson has talked to his team about being the bully on the block -- 'don't wait for the blow, deliver the blow' -- and it sets up with that power running game," Bruschi says.