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Richard Seymour: Raider, finder of silver linings

Richard Seymour

Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour (92) is seen during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)


The Raiders have given up 22, 35, 31 and 37 points in each of their four games, only one of which they won.

That’s an average of 31.2 per game, 28th in the league.

But Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour wasn’t discouraged by what he saw when he watched the film of the Broncos’ 37-6 strafing of his team.

“We’re so close on so many plays. It’s fixable,” Seymour said, via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. “We’re headed in the right direction.”

Sunday’s was their worst loss to the Broncos in 50 years, and they have just three sacks on the season. Peyton Manning peppered them with quick passes, but they all worked.

The Raiders have allowed scores on more of half their drives, 52.2 percent. That’s up from 35.6 percent of drives allowing scores last year, when they set franchise records in a number of categories.

I’d hate to see what was happening if Seymour thought things were getting worse.