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By Joe Buscaglia
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Bills' Hands Full with Raiders' Seymour

He may not have the most eye-popping statistics in the National Football League. He probably isn't the first player that comes to mind when you think of the Oakland Raiders, either.

But when defensive tackle Richard Seymour is on the field, offenses throughout the league take notice.

"He's big. He's good off the ball. He's got good technique. He's got a number of moves," Bills center Eric Wood said. "He's just been a solid player for however many years. He gets a lot of accolades -- and he deserves them."

Now in his 11th season out of Georgia, Seymour has carved himself out as the leader of the Oakland Raiders resurgent efforts on defense ever since being traded there from New England in 2009. Tommy Kelly, Matt Shaughnessy, Lamarr Houston and even former UB standout Trevor Scott all see the ferocity from Seymour, and have attempted to match it as defensive lineman for the Raiders.

"I throw this term around a lot because I don't think there's a lot of men that are like this in pro football. He's a pro," said Oakland head coach Hue Jackson. "He's everything that a pro should be. He comes to work every day, here to get better, wants his teammates to understand what it takes to be a good player in this league."

Seymour certainly started off the 2011 season in a big way. The Raiders captain spent a large portion of the game in the Denver backfield, racking up two sacks in the process. The two takedowns brought his career total up to 50.5 since being a first round pick in 2001.

Maybe this Bills' regime isn't familiar with him, but he's fairly comfortable going up against Buffalo. During his career, he's seen only one loss to the Bills -- the 31-0 Buffalo win to open the 2003 season. The four games before that and everything after have been a slew of performances to forget for Buffalo.

Not only team-wide success, but personally Seymour kicks it up a couple of notches against the Bills. Nearly 14-percent of his entire career sack total has come against Buffalo (7 sacks in 13 appearances). Considering he was a 3-4 defensive end through all that time, which primarily does not lead to sacks, leads you to believe he's been borderline dominant against the Bills.

"Seymour's impressive," said Wood, who will be seeing a lot of number 92 for the silver and black on Sunday. "We have to have good technique against him and play hard. You've got to match his intensity."

As for the gameplan heading in to Sunday, Bills head coach Chan Gailey is less concerned about limiting Seymour, and more concerned about keeping the Raiders' front seven out of the backfield.

"If you start trying to neutralize him instead of them, you get in trouble," Gailey remarked. "As soon as you start focusing too much on one guy, then all of a sudden you spring a leak somewhere else. I think our guys have to work as a unit to be able to protect this week. If we work as a unit, chip and help each other out, I think we have a chance to be hopefully as successful as we were last week in protecting the passer."

For the Bills' sake, they ought not to forget where Seymour is at all times. As he's shown in his career, Seymour can make a big play time and time again.

In Week One against Denver, Seymour helped limit the Broncos rushing attack to just 38 yards. He primarily lined up in between the center and left guard. He and the Raiders fly out to Buffalo to take on the Bills Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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