FOXBORO (CBS) – You have to believe that when this game hit the calendar, former New England Patriots and now-Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour circled it, and made sure his team knew how important it was to him.

But when talking to Seymour on Wednesday, he downplayed the moment, and talked about the game.

“Well, I think it’s a big game for us and we gotta bring out our A-game in order to beat them,” said Seymour, who was sent packing by Bill Belichick just over two years ago for Oakland’s 2011 first-round draft pick (that turned into Nate Solder). “This is a team we respect, they have a lot of good players, so we’ll put our best foot forward.”

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Seymour says he looking forward to resuming his battles against Logan Mankins and Matt Light, which were always epic during practice.

He also gave praise to Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Seymour was at the funeral for Myra Kraft in July, and said he has nothing but respect for the Kraft family.

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“For me, Myra was a great lady,” explained Seymour. “The Kraft family was great to me and my family and I have a lot of respect for her and I just wanted to pay my respects. It’s not anything about football, it’s about life — how valuable and precious life is. I know how much Mr. [Robert] Kraft cared for his wife and loved her, he was always an example for me and my wife, in how he treated her and how she treated him. For me, it’s about the type of person you are at the end of the day, so i wanted to pay my respects.”

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Tune in to the Patriots-Raiders game Sunday at 4:15 pm on 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBZ-TV. Tune in to Patriots Gameday at 11:30am on WBZ-TV and The Sports Hub’s pregame coverage, beginning at 1:00 pm. After the game tune in to the Postgame show on 98.5, and to Patriots Fifth Quarter on TV38.


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