Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork stopped by for a visit with Dale & Holley at Gillette Stadium as part of his weekly Patriots Monday appearance.
Wilfork said he takes positives and negatives from Sunday night's 31-27 victory over the Packers in which the defense had a number of struggles, especially on third down. It wasn't our greatest game," Wilfork acknowledged. "We didn't go our and dominate like we wanted to at times. ... If we play like that going forward, we will get beat."
That said, Wilfork noted that people need to have reasonable expections. Said the lineman: "You look at this game and say, 'Oh, the Patriots didn't play like they played the last couple of weeks.' The last couple of weeks we only gave up 10 points. We can't blow everybody out every week. I think sometimes as players, coaches or fans, you look at teams we played the last couple of weeks, we handled them pretty well. It's not going to be like that all the time. We expect to win. I don't care what the margin of the win is, we expect to win every week we take the field."
Wilfork said has has no time for people who only want to criticize the Patriots. "You will not take the victory from us," he said. "You will not make us feel bad like it's the end of the road because we gave up 27 points or whatever it is, or we were inconsistent at times. Yes, there's things we can work on and we can learn from, which we will."
Added Wilfork: "This New England Patriot team, we work our tails off. We work our tails off from the preparation, from the coaching staff getting us in the right situations, from the players going out there and making plays when it counts. We work our tails off the whole week. So, for us to go on the field and things not swing our way — penalties, just mistake football that we've done — that's unacceptable. I understand that. But we overcame that. We made the plays that got us the 'W.' We played pretty good situational football, especially when it came down with 18 seconds left."
Wilfork committed two penalties Sunday — offsides and a facemask — his first two of the season. Said Wilfork: "I'm pissed off about it. … I take responsibility for that. That's all on me. I told my defense I owe them one for that."
Wilfork did a bodybuilding pose celebration after one big play, a rare show of emotion from the veteran. "I was just excited," he said. "I've got some 23-inch pipes. I can showcase mine a little bit. … I was just excited, caught up in the moment, just trying to give our team a spark."
Offensive lineman Dan Connolly embarked on a 71-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, earning praise from Wilfork, a fellow 300-pounder. "He showcased everything for a big guy last night," Wilfork said. "We can do it all. I'm proud of him. He can get a game ball of mine; I don't care. When we saw that play I said, 'Man, look here, If we can get pumped up for this game off of that, we have a problem.' "
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