FOXBOROUGH, MASS. (AP) - Vince Wilfork’s first career interception was plastered all over the local news and national highlight reels last Sunday night.
It was hard to miss.
Somehow, though, Wilfork didn’t see it until the following day, eventually watching it for the first time while reviewing game film.
“When I got to that play, I slowed it down,” he said with a wry smile Thursday. “I wouldn’t lie to you, I looked at it just a couple times.”
New England’s 325-pound defensive tackle rattled Gillette Stadium with every mammoth stride during his 28-yard return, a game-changing play in the Patriots' 35-21 win over San Diego that hardly had to be slowed down.
Now, as the focus shifts to surprising Buffalo (2-0), the Patriots (2-0) will hope for the same, steady play from the veteran Wilfork. The turnovers from him? Well, those are a bonus.
“They’re the real deal.”
Behind smart and savvy quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and versatile running back Fred Jackson, the upstart Bills lead the league in scoring at 39.5 points per game. They feature the top rushing attack (190 yards a game) as well, and are 2-0 for the first time since 2008.
Now they get a chance to infiltrate a New England defense that’s allowing 479 yards a game, which ranks 31st in the NFL. And the Bills will also be eager to snap a losing streak vs. the Patriots that sits at 15 games.
“I think anytime you strap on this helmet you’re going to get teams’ best shot,” Patriots defensive end Shaun Ellis said. “Whether it’s 15-0, 0-4, whatever. I think it’s going to be one of those games that they’re going to come out at their home and they’re going to want to make a statement.”
They already have.
Buffalo has put the entire league on notice with its spread formations and revived running game, fueled by Jackson and his league-leading 229 yards and 6.5 yards per carry, fourth best among running backs.
He’ll try and do what Miami and San Diego couldn’t _ eclipse the century mark against a massive New England defensive line which is surrendering just 98 yards a game.
“This guy _ I think I said it a couple years ago, I know I said it last year _ he is so underrated,” Wilfork said of Jackson, a fifth-year back out of little-known Coe College. “He’s just one of those tough backs. You can give him the ball 30 times if you want to.”View Entire Story
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