Raiders' Seymour, Kelly not providing needed push

Posted Oct. 07, 2012 @ 3:11 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Raiders DT Richard Seymour has maintained that Oakland’s defense, which is among the league’s most generous (allowing 31.2 points per game), is headed in the right direction even though team observers are having a difficult time finding the positives Seymour has apparently identified.

The Raiders are going to need more than optimism out of Seymour and his fellow starting defensive tackle, Tommy Kelly, in order to improve on defense coming off a Week Five bye.

Seymour and Kelly, who accounted for more than one-third of the Raiders’ sacks last season, have combined for a grand total of only one QB hit through four games — a Seymour sack of Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter of Oakland’s win over the Steelers in Week Three. Seymour’s sack accounts for half of the team’s sack production over the past three games, and the Raiders’ porous secondary is going to continue to be exposed if Seymour and Kelly do not rejuvenate a pass rush that is failing to generate enough pressure.