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New England Patriots Links 11/11/11 - Vince Wilfork: 'I Have Faith in This Team'

Vince Wilfork tells the media the the team is prepared and ready to go.

It's not tough [to not let doubts creep in when you lose two games]. We just have to continue to believe in what we're doing. I believe the last time we played the Jets, they were coming in on a two-game losing streak, on the road, and we ending up beating them then. But ever since then, they turned it around, they started playing better football - they got it together. Now the tides are turned. It says a lot about your team if you can stick together and play together and play good football. That's what we're here for - to play good football. I think we can do that, like I said.

It's not like games we're getting blown out and it's not competitive. It's not like that. It's just small things that lead to big things and I think we need to clean those things up. Everyone understands that. I think we're all doing our job to make sure we have all the bases covered and we have to continue to move forward.

What we have in this locker room is what we have. This is what we're going to ride with, what we're going to die with, what we have in this locker room. We have something good in that locker room. We all know that. Times are going to be tough, it's going to be tough. There's going to be hard times, there's going to be fun times, you're going to have all of that. It's a rollercoaster, everything doesn't work out smooth. That's part of nature, that's part of life, that's part of sports; it's not always going to be perfect.

But when it's not perfect, what are you going to do? Will you be mentally tough and handle the situation or will you just fold and just give into the critics and give into everyone who says we can't do it? I have faith in this team, I really do. I really believe that these guys, all of us, are going to come to work and we're going to grind. We're going to grind for one another and it starts on the practice field. We had a good day of it yesterday and I think we need to have a better day today and a better day Friday and then Saturday going into Sunday. Make us feel like we're prepared and ready to go. That's where we're at as a team.

Chris Gasper breaks down his three keys to a Patriots win over the Jets Sunday night. 

1. Patriots offense must win the third down battle against the Jets defense

2. Get more guys involved in the passing game for Patriots QB Tom Brady

3. Don't let Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez get in a passing rhythm



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  • Jimmy Toscano reports Jerod Mayo couldn't care less what's being said or written about the Patriots in the media.
  • Rich Levine takes to begging for Brady to be Brady.
  • Mike Reiss posts a sampling of thoughts from NBC analysts Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy on the Jets-Pats matchup Sunday.
  • Greg A. Bedard and Jermaine Wiggins break down how the Patriots attack the Jets' secondary. (3.10 min. video)
  • Tedy Bruschi sees the Jets on a hot streak since they lost to New England, and breaks down Pats-Jets.
  • Mike Reiss serves up some quick-hit thoughts from the media-access period in the locker room.
  • Ian Rapoport reports Aaron Hernandez explaining how he earns QB Tom Brady's trust and plays more disciplined football.
  • Mike Reiss updates us on the status of Patrick Chung and looks at who's left to play safety.
  • Mike Reiss spends a few minutes with James Ihedigbo, sharing his thoughts as the former Jets safety returns to NY.
  • Tom E. Curran reports James Ihedigbo sees Sunday as 'statement game' for the defense.
  • Steve Buckley thinks Vince Wilfork was sending a message of encouragement to his teammates when he spoke to the media yesterday.
  • Jeff Howe says Devin McCourty's recent improvements come from change in the Patriots' defensive philosophy.
  • Chris Forsberg notes Tracy White has been coached up on the importance of limiting the Jets' returns this week, especially with Joe McKnight's league-leading 40.2 avg.
  • Mike Reiss reports rookie RB Stevan Ridley isn't discouraged after seeing his reps decrease.
  • Jeff Howe thinks BenJarvus Green-Ellis and the Patriots RBs must continue to expose the Jets' weakness in run defense.
  • Chris Forsberg notes Tiquan Underwood left a solid impression with the Patriots and continued to work out on his own to be ready if they called.
  • Christopher Price observes that when it comes to takeaways, the Patriots are way off last year's pace.
  • Mike Reiss updates his penalty watch list, with Logan Mankins at the top with five.
  • Christopher Price charts out who has been Tom Brady's favorite receiver through eight games.
  • Mike Reiss offers the transcript of his weekly online chat. Terrific insight here as usual.
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  • Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: The injuries keep coming to the Patriots secondary; Ridley plans to be ready for whenever they call his number; Albert Haynesworth told the media he wasn't getting enough reps in NE; Brandon Deaderick eased his way back making four tackles, one for a loss, when filling in for Shaun Ellis last week.
  • Jim Lazar notes the T-shirts of Rex Ryan in Patriots colors are already on sale as he makes his Week 10 picks. Pats over Jets 26-23.