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New England Patriots Links 12/13/11 - Tebowmania Week!

<em>Vince Wilfork scores his first NFL TD.  Quick quiz: Is this a picture of the Patriots offense or defense</em>?
Vince Wilfork scores his first NFL TD. Quick quiz: Is this a picture of the Patriots offense or defense?

Christopher Price reports Nate Solder is excited for his chance to play in Colorado.

"I’m excited about it. They’re a tough opponent. They’ve had streak of wins here. It’ll be a good challenge, definitely," he said on Monday. "It’s going to be neat. It’s an exciting game. I’m excited about it, definitely." "I think it’s a long season, but I’ve been working to improve every week. I just take it week by week, and that’s really helped me. It’s gone quickly," he said. "It’s a lot of hard work, but I have great teammates and great coaches that have helped me with all of that."

WEEI highlights Tom Brady on the Dennis & Callahan show, briefly talking about the Broncos.

"All of us were watching the game last night on the airplane," Brady said. "Just as we were taking off was when they came back and won the game. It was an exciting game. They obviously have a very good team. They play for 60 minutes. They’ve obviously closed a lot of games and finished very well. We’ve got a huge test. We’ll all be excited and hopefully have a good week of preparation and be ready to go on Sunday."

"They’re winning a ton of games and he’s playing very well. Everyone says he struggles throwing the ball. What I saw last night, he had no problems throwing the ball. He threw the ball extremely well when I was watching. Hopefully, we can force him into some bad throws and turnovers. But they’ve got a good defense, I know that. That’s what I’ll be preparing for all week."

Andre Carter tells WEEI he now needs to focus on Broncos QB Tim Tebow, who likes to run and is tough to bring down.

"He’s very aggressive, and that’s something that we have to keep in mind," Carter said. "Especially coming into Denver. Everybody knows he loves to scramble. It’s back to the drawing board for this game plan. I’ve got to get my hamstrings ready."

Deion Branch is impressed with the Denver QBs results.

"Great player, man," he said. "This is what the game’s about. Everybody harps on what type of quarterback this guy is and what he can’t do. He’s 7-1. He’s 7-1 since he’s been starting, and that’s the only thing that’s important."

"He deserves [the attention]. Now, we’ve just got to go in there and play our game. We can’t worry about ‘Tebow Week’ and all that other stuff."

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NATIONAL NEWS

  • Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) Pressure mounting on Brady, offense to carry Patriots.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Redskins "embarrassed" by failing to tackle Gronkowski.
  • Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) Patriots stock report: Week 14.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Cowboys look to Sammy Morris for backfield help.
  • Peter King (SI) MMQB: Stars align on key sequence as Broncos get sixth straight win.
  • Don Banks (SI) Haley firing a sign that coaching in NFL isn't a young man's game.
  • Adam Teicher (Kansas City Star) Pioli says Crennel has respect of players.
  • Barry Jackson (Miami Herald) Miami Dolphins fire coach Tony Sparano.

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