New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes is a man who doesn't pull any punches both on and off the field. He's a physical player with a warrior mentality to go with it. He also tells it like it is, even iof that means calling himself out.

It's fair to say no Patriot had his best game in the Week 3 game with the Baltimore Ravens, but Spikes will go as far as to say it was his worst in 2012.

“I played my worst game of the season,” Spikes said Thursday. “I definitely want to come out and do a lot better. I watched the game and it wasn’t the Brandon Spikes that I know. I definitely want to come out and [rebound] off a game like that.”

Well, with a place in the Super Bowl on the line, now would be a nice time to put it right.  And he'll be a crucial part of the defensive master plan for Sunday's game. As much as I love Spikes, he's not the best in pass coverage (though he made an awesome pick in last years AFC Championship game, see above), he's a run stopping machine, which will be required with Ray Rice being the Ravens best offensive player. But Spikes knows beating Baltimore won't be easy.

“[I'm expecting a] physical [game]. A tough game,” he answered. “Honestly, in my opinion, if you like football this is the game you want to be in as a kid growing up. Big rivalry game. It’s just going to be a tough, physical game all the way around. ... Playoff game, it's all on the line, we're at home, physical, tough -- that's what it's all about. We're going to be ready. We'll see on Sunday.”

Indeed we shall see on Sunday. I love Spikes mentality of "I'm in the NFL, on the biggest stage, I'm gonna hit everyone as hard as I can." The mentality the Pats need. Can he improve on his last performance vs the Ravens? Time will tell. But there's no way Spikes is going to go down without a fight.

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Brendan Annely 1/17/2013 07:31:00 PM Edit

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