Why Richard Seymour Is the AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IOctober 18, 2009

It has finally happened.  The Raiders defense performed the way that Raider fans know it can.

Despite some great plays on offense by the Raiders against the Eagles, including an 86 yard catch-and-run by Zach Miller and supported with blocks by Louis Murphy in the Raiders 13-9 upset win over the Eagles.

The real story of the Raiders upset win over the Eagles was the defense. 

After getting destroyed in the previous three weeks, the Raider defense showed what it can be when it doesn't use a playbook dated in the 1970s.

The Raider defense harassed Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb all day with blitzes, and came up with six sacks: 2 by Trevor Scott, 1 by Jay Richardson, 1 by Thomas Howard, and 2 by Richard Seymour.

That's right.  Richard Seymour...let the sports media shudder to think that Al Davis can still do somethings right (which don't include play-calling or writing the playbook).

The Eagles weren't offensive chumps going to Oakland.  The Eagles had the second best scoring offense in the NFL and were smacked by the suddenly ebullient defense that had made a national impression on opening week against the Chargers.

In all, Seymour had four tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, and led the charge of a new blitz-happy defense in Oakland.

For the Raiders defense to step up in a convincing fashion against a high-powered offense after looking like slop the last three weeks, is all I need to know to say that Richard Seymour in the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.