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McClain: Patriots are a ‘finesse’ team

09.26.11 at 6:12 pm ET

Calling the Patriots a ‘€œfinesse team,’€ Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain told reporters in the Bay Area Monday the Raiders were looking forward to facing New England on Sunday in Oakland.

‘€œ(It’€™s a) huge game. One of the best teams in the league and they’€™ve been a premiere team in the league for a while,’€ McClain said. ‘€œJust another way to measure where we are right now. Just go out and compete against these guys.’€

Asked if the Patriots are different from the physical Jets (who the Raiders beat on Sunday), McClain agreed.

‘€œThis is just a finesse team,’€ said McClain, who is second on the Raiders with 23 tackles. ‘€œI mean, Tom Brady‘€™s a smart guy, has many weapons around him, with his receivers as well as his tight ends. His tight ends are playing great right now.’€

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