|Vince Wilfork: ‘I would love to see this football team when we actually get it together’||10.25.12 at 3:39 pm ET|
FOXBORO — It’s been the running theme of the Patriots this season. Finish the job.
From Bill Belichick down to the coordinators and position coaches, the message that has been stressed to every player is playing a full 60 minutes. And in some cases, like Sunday, a few more.
Defensive captain Vince Wilfork has heard the message loud and clear. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t take great satisfaction in the wins, however ugly or fortunate they may appear. Like Sunday’s 29-26 come-from-ahead-then-behind win over the Jets in overtime.
“It’s football, it’s football. You can’t go out and expect to blow somebody out 50-0 every week,” Wilfork said. “You can’t go out and expect to win by 10, 17 points every week. Let me tell you something, when you’re playing with divisions, in division games the record doesn’t matter. You have two teams that know one another best. They know what we do and we know what they do. They might have a little wrinkle, we might have a little wrinkle. But at the end of the day, we know each other, especially that team. Sometimes, we play three times a year.”
So, with the Rams up next in London, many fans are expecting another win, to improve to 5-3 heading into the bye week. And with star receiver Danny Amendola likely on the sidelines recovering from a broken collarbone, fans may be expecting an easy time of it, as was the case in 2009 in a 35-7 romp over Tampa Bay at Wembley.
“This is the NFL. You can’t get bummed out from winning the ball game by one,” Wilfork said. “I’m pretty sure Seattle or Baltimore or Arizona weren’t bummed out by beating us by a couple of points. Trust me on that. You get paid to produce. That’s what we’re here for, is to produce. However you get it, you’ve got to get it. And that was a big one for us. I don’t care how we got it, we got it. We still have room for improvement.
“And that’s the biggest thing. This team hasn’t played its best football yet. I would love to see this football team when we actually, finally get it together and play 60 minutes of good football, just to see how that looks.”
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