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Wilfork: Bills rushing game 'a three-headed monster'

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  September 23, 2010 12:49 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Vince Wilfork did not mince any words today in the Patriots' locker room when he was asked about the Buffalo Bills and their rushing attack, which is ranked 23d in the league overall.

The Bills upgraded their backfield with the addition of first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller from Clemson. Spiller joins Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson in what Wilfork termed, "a three-headed monster" in Buffalo.

"I'll tell you what, they've got three good backs -- Spiller, Lynch and Fred Jackson,'' Wilfork said. "They're all tough runners, so we're going to have our hands full. They've been running the ball successfully and we have a big, big challenge ahead this week in trying to stop a three-headed monster."

In last week's 28-14 loss to the Jets at The New Meadowlands Stadium, the Patriots' rushing defense (tied for 15th in the conference) allowed New York to gain 103 of their 136 rushing yards in the second half.

"Most of the time you hear about two guys, or one good back, but they really have three good backs who can run the ball very, very well," Wilfork continued. "It's just about getting back to the basics, playing good technique, communicate well, and execute well. If we do that we'll be in good shape."

Although Wilfork said he was in no way trying to send his teammates a message when he became angry with the team following the loss to the Jets, he did say today he was merely venting some frustration.

"I'm pissed when we lose," he said. "I mean, I hate to lose and I want to win every game. I mean, it's impossible, but I think there were plays we left out there that we couldn't get back. I was just kind of frustrated.

"But you know what? You learn from it. We can't let last week affect this week. That's one thing we're trying to get going by getting back and playing good football."

Pointing to the Pats' record, Wilfork added, "We're 1-1 right now. It's not time to panic because there's too much football left. You know what? We can get better and that's what we're going to do: we're going to get better.

"I'm excited. I'm excited about this week and getting back on track and hopefully we can put the rest of the week together and show up on Sunday."

News, analysis and commentary from Boston.com's staff writers and contributors, including Zuri Berry and Erik Frenz.

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