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Patriots-Raiders matchup of the day: Tuesday

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By Kevin Fishbain

Here's a key matchup to watch in the Week Four game between the Patriots and Raiders:

Raiders DT Richard Seymour vs. Patriots OLG Logan Mankins

It's always a treat when you get to see two of the best go up against each other, especially when that matchup takes place in the trenches.

Seymour spent eight seasons with the Patriots, where he won three Super Bowl rings and recorded 39 sacks. This will be his first meeting against his former club, and he will get Mankins, the four-time Pro Bowl mauling guard.

Oakland's front, led by Seymour, bottled up the Jets' rushing attack after getting gashed by the Bills in Week Two. The Patriots have yet to get a ground game going. The way Tom Brady threw the ball the first two weeks, they didn't need to, but in Week Three a balanced offense could have helped, with Brady throwing four picks.

Seymour will also try to put Brady on his back, a very difficult feat for any opponent of the Patriots, considering Brady's quick release and the team's O-line. C Dan Connolly may also have some snaps where he will have to stop Seymour's penetration. If Mankins wins his battles with Seymour, though, that will take a big weapon away from Oakland's arsenal.

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