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Richard Seymour: Peyton will give Raiders’ D sleepless nights

Richard Seyomour

Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour (92) walks off the field after he was ejected from the game for throwing a punch against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Miami. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 34-14. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Richard Seymour is a veteran of many battles with Peyton Manning during the years when Patriots-Colts was the NFL’s best annual rivalry. Now Seymour will prepare to face Manning twice a year when the Raiders play the Broncos.

Seymour joked to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche that he’s going to have a hard time sleeping thinking about facing Manning this year.

“I thought having five kids gave me sleepless nights, now I have to deal with Peyton again,” Seymour said.

For as long as Seymour and Manning have been rivals, there’s no doubt that plenty of respect exists between them.

“In all seriousness, our league is a better league with Peyton and we look forward to the opportunity to face a quarterback like Peyton,” Seymour said. “It provides a measuring stick for where you are as a defense to be the best -- and to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

For the first time since John Elway was the quarterback in Denver, opposing teams view playing the Broncos’ quarterback as playing the best.