Vince Wilfork: ‘This is a new Buffalo Bills team’
|09.22.11 at 2:09 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Before moving on to the Bills, Vince Wilfork took some time Thursday to admit he savored the interception that made him a hero to defensive lineman all around the NFL.
Wilfork’s wife Bianca immediately made headlines during Sunday’s game when she rightfully tweeted how proud she was of her husband following his interception late in the first half that set up a Stephen Gostkowski field goal.
“I won’t lie,” Wilfork said. “I looked at it a couple of times, just a couple of times. I wouldn’t say different but I go places and the first thing people want to talk about is that play.”
Wilfork said Thursday that Bianca later made copies of the video for her husband to savor and collected numerous newspapers to ensure the moment would be preserved. But now, as hard as it might be, Wilfork is moving on to the Bills since he knows the consequences if he doesn’t.
“I know I can’t live on that play forever,” he said. “The last thing I can do is go out here Sunday and play the worst game of my career and everybody will turn to me and say, ‘If you weren’t thinking about the interception, you probably would have played better.’ I have to turn the pages on that, after this.”
If he and the Patriots don’t, Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller and the 2-0 Bills could be the ones laughing after Sunday’s game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
“This is a new Buffalo Bills team,” Wilfork said of the team that has scored an NFL-best 79 points in the first two games, six better than the Patriots. “They’re making big play after big play. It’s not smoke and mirrors with them.”
Behind the efforts of Jackson – who leads the NFL in rushing at 229 yards – and Spiller, and their versatile offensive line, the Bills are putting up points at a pace that would please even Tom Brady.
“Those two together, make a good team, a good running attack,” Wilfork said. “We have our hands full. It’s going to be challenging for us once again. Every week so far, we’ve been challenged.”
This figures to be the biggest challenge from the Bills since Sept. 7, 2003, when the Patriots played their first game since releasing Lawyer Milloy. That day the Bills won, 31-0. The Patriots have won 15 straight over Buffalo since then, the third-longest winning streak over an single opponent in NFL history.
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