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Patriots Locker Room Quotes

New England Patriots players comment on their upcoming game against the Houston Texans during locker room access at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, December 30, 2009.

Fred Taylor, Running Back

(On whether it's a challenge to get amped up for the final game after clinching the division)

"I can't really speak for everyone. Personally, I hate losing. I want to win everything, I guess that's the most I can say about that."

(On what he sees in the Texans)

"They're an improved team. They're a better than they've been and they have a lot of good players. They've lost some close games. They're a team that starts fast, even last week when Miami was down 24-0. But it'll be a challenge. They have a lot to fight for. I'm sure they want to show how much they've improved."

(On Coach Belichick's decision to move up the practice schedule by one hour)

"I thought it was a very good coaching strategy, given that the game's going to be on Central time. I think the strategy helps us out, it's to our benefit. But they have been a team that's started fast. We don't want to get down there thinking that it's a 1 o'clock game and it's 12 o'clock; by that time, it's deep into the second quarter and we're down. We want to be able to come out against what they do, start fast ourselves and try to win the game."

Tully Banta-Cain, Linebacker

(On whether the defense has momentum on its side)

"You always want to play with a lot of energy. And you want to have big plays to build off of and feed off of. The fact that we're doing it now as opposed to doing it earlier, I think that's the best way to be."

(On the Texans' offense)

"They've got some weapons over there, especially [Andre] Johnson, he's a one-man wrecking crew. But they do have other guys that are in the mix, so we have to put our A-game out there."

(On whether it's difficult to get excited for a game after clinching the division)

"I don't think it's that hard because any time the lights come on and you're in uniform, you're going to want to play. You want to play your best, you don't want to embarrass yourself. We have a challenge that we have to address and we're trying to improve and get better going into the postseason, so this is a big building block for us to get to the postseason."

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