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Exclusive: Charles Woodson sees positives in Patriots loss ahead of NFL International Series

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Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson is taking the positives from their loss to the New England Patriots ahead of Sunday’s Wembley showdown with the Miami Dolphins.

Raiders went 0-3 last week but pushed the Patriots close at the Gillette Stadium.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Woodson said: “You take positives away from the game because we did play well and actually had a chance late in the game.

"They called a pretty questionable call late in game where we could have potentially tied it or gone for two and won the game.”

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With the score 10-9 in the fourth Woodson made a vital tip to deny Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski a touchdown on second and goal, but two field goals from Stephen Gostkowski took the score to 16-9.

But with a minute on the clock, the Raiders were on the Patriots five yard line and running back Darren McFadden broke through for a touchdown on first and goal.

It looked to have given Raiders coach Dennis Allen the chance to tie the game or go for the win with a two point convert attempt, before Guard Gabe Jackson was called for holding in the level on Patrick Chung and Oakland were pushed back to the 12 yard line.

“That’s an opportunity taken away from you but you know those things happen and we’ve got to move forward and I think that our team is ready to take the next step” said Woodson.

NFL International Series

The next step for Woodson and the Raiders is a showdown with the Dolphins in their first ever appearance at Wembley Stadium.

The Dolphins hosted the New York Giants in 2007 in the first ever NFL International Series and return seven years later bottom of AFC East with a 1-2 record following their 34-15 loss to Kansas City Chiefs.

Alongside Jacksonville Jaguars, Raiders are the only side without a win in the NFL and Woodson is under no allusion they will have to be at their best to claim the win.

“That’s up to us to take advantage.” He said.

“They’re a team like you saw in the first week who can be explosive. So we’ve got to eliminate the big plays from those guys and keep everything in front of us. If we can do that then I think we’ll be fine."

Oakland, who have not made a play-off appearance since reaching the Super Bowl in 2003, sit bottom of AFC West and are in danger of their season being over after game four.

When questioned if this weekend's game is a must win situation the 37-year-old said: “Every game is a must win so yes.”

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