BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots improved to 3-1 with their 31-19 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, and escaped without a former teammate doing too much damage.

Richard Seymour was held at bay by the Patriots in his first game against his former team, registering just three tackles in the loss.

He never got to quarterback Tom Brady, except on a play that was whistled dead by a false start.

Seymour says he did not hear the whistle, so he continued on towards Brady. He took his former teammate to the ground, and received a 15-yard penalty for it.

Brady didn’t think the play deserved a penalty, but will take it.

“He put me down kind of gently,” Brady joked. “I don’t think it should have been a foul, but I’m glad we got the call.”

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A lot was made of the matchup between Seymour and the Patriots offensive line in the week leading up to the game, but the New England o-line did a good job at keeping Seymour out of the picture.

Still, seeing Seymour lining up on the other side is not something Brady likes to see.

“I hate seeing him over there,” said Brady. “He’s an awesome player. I was thinking of him all week, what his ability is and how he disrupts the passing game.”

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“I hate seeing him in a Raider uniform.”

After eight seasons in New England, Seymour was traded to Oakland for a first-round draft pick just before the 2009 season. Although the Patriots had not seen the Raiders since the trade, Seymour and many of the New England defensive lineman remained friends.

Although after a loss, his sentiment may have been a tad bit different.

“He wanted to win so I’m sure he’s pissed off,” said Vince Wilfork. “But that would never affect our friendship. I wish him the best of luck with his career, and he’d do the same with me.”


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