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Patriots Locker Room Quotes

New England Patriots players comment on their upcoming Monday night game against the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, November 25, 2009.

Jonathan Wilhite, Cornerback
(On the Saints' depth at wide receiver)
"I think is as deep of a team that we'll play and that has a lot of big-play receivers. This is the week for us to come out and be ready all around, in all three phases - offense, defense and special teams. It's going to be a big game and a big challenge, but we have to get ourselves ready for that."

(On the chance to play a second undefeated team this late in the season)
"That's the NFL. We've just happened to run into a couple of teams that are going real good ... Like I said, we've got to be ready to play our best game this week and focus on getting ourselves ready on our side."

(On whether facing the Colts will help prepare for the Saints)
"I think it will help a lot. We've played against some good teams this year and some teams that can move the ball around. But this is going to be a team that can beat you right off the start. Being in the NFL, every week you've got to be ready to go, but this is one of those weeks that you have to study a little more and watch a little more film. This game, everybody is going to be watching us. This is going to be the game to make a stand."

Brandon Meriweather, Safety
(On the Saints' offense)
"We're going into this game with a level mind. You have to stop everybody, not just one person."

(On whether the Colts game will help prepare for the Saints)
"Indianapolis does one thing great; this team does everything else great. But just going into that atmosphere and taking what we took from that game, which was tremendous. [It was] not necessarily playing against that team that will help us against this team that much, but some of the things that we took out of that game will."

(On Drew Brees' ability to read coverages)
"You really don't know that until you get into the flow of the game. I think every quarterback has his flaws and has his bright points, but any person can be tricked. I don't think there's anybody in this world that has never been tricked. I saw that Carolina did a good job of showing one thing and playing another - Atlanta did that. Pretty much everybody in their division knows how to play them, we've just watched the film on them and see what they've done."

(On Brees' decision-making)
"He pretty much can pick up a defense, and pick out the weak points and the strong points of every defense before the play is even snapped. It's going to be a challenge for us and we're up for it."

Terrence Wheatley, Cornerback(On the challenge of playing the Saints offense)
"I mean, especially in the secondary, we're going against a like this with a quarterback and receivers like this, it definitely makes you step your game up. It definitely let's you know where you're at as a team and as individuals, so we'll see what we've got pretty early in the game - whether we're ready or not."

(On whether the game will be a high-scoring affair)
"Well, that's not your goal going into the game. You want to hold them to zero points. You just try to play the best that you can. You hold them to as [few] points as you can. You don't want them to get one first down, or one yard on anything. We do understand that Drew Brees is going to get his and that's just the way it is, but you've got to be able to remain focused, remain poised and just execute. And the rest will take care of itself."

Dan Koppen, Center
(On keeping pace with the Saints offense)
"I think there's added pressure every week on the field to score every time we get the ball. It's about going out there, and doing your job and coming away with points. It's not really what their offense is about, it's our job - we've got to go out there and score points."

(On whether he's noticed the Saints are approaching Patriots' offensive records)
"It's very rare that I watch a lot of football outside of here. It's more of what the game plan is and who we're playing. It really doesn't matter to me what they're doing on offense, it's more what we do and how we prepare each and every week."

(On the Saints defense)
"They are [aggressive]. They've got an aggressive front seven. They're not afraid to bring pressure and they've got a lot of good guys on that defense that can make plays. They create a lot of plays by their hustle, and guys getting around the ball and getting it out. It's a very aggressive group."

(On how they create pressure)
"I don't know if they blitz more than other teams, but they're not afraid to bring it. Even when they don't bring it, they've got good pass rushers in there that can get a lot of pressure on the ball - even if they don't bring it. They can generate it both ways."

(On the importance of getting a win on the road)
"You want to be able to play well on the road. We haven't had as good of a record as we would like, but we're going to go down there and it's going to be a hostile crowd. The fans are going to be into it, so that's another thing that we're going to have to deal with and make sure that everybody's on the same page."

Kevin Faulk, Running Back
(On the effect the Saints' success has had in his home state of Louisiana)
"It's good for whole state to see how they've come along together as a team. The whole state has really been looking for this for a while ... You can just tell by the fans. You just look at the sold-out games they've had at the Superdome. The fans, they always have loved the Saints, they just hadn't had much to cheer about."

Jarvis Green, Defensive Lineman
(On what makes the Saints offense so dynamic)
"They're a great team and it starts with the Coach, [Sean] Payton and the way that they're playing. They're a versatile offense. They've got three good running backs. You have receivers making big plays. And Drew Brees has been playing special football."

(On the effect the Saints' success has had in his home state of Louisiana)
"After what they went through a few years ago, it's something special for everyone down there. It's like everything else, everybody supports each other and it's huge for the state, it just keeps them stronger."

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