Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/6/12
As the Patriots prepare for their big matchup with the Denver Broncos and their opportunity for the winning record they haven't had since week one, linebacker Brandon Spikes is full of confidence, but also firmly grounded.
"We're playing one of the greatest to ever do it in this league," Spikes told USA TODAY. "But every Sunday we want to come out and prove a point. We're still young and we have a lot of good players. If we can take that next step and have that mentality throughout the season, the sky's the limit."
Spikes, a third-year linebacker is a seasoned veteran compared to some of the other guys on this young defense that includes Dont'a Hightower, Tavon Wilson and Chandler Jones.
"Us as rookies, I feel like we look up to those guys. I still get starstruck when I see Vince Wilfork and Tom Brady... If I get a compliment from them, it's like a pot of gold. That's great, to try to live up to the expectations of the veterans."
"Yeah, just like when we first got here and everybody wanted to be a sponge and try to learn as much as they can from some of the older guys – (Jerod) Mayo, (Patrick) Chung, Tom, Vince," Hightower said. "We want to show those guys we can come out and be just as productive, not just because we're rookies but because we're students of the game. We definitely feel like we can go out there and help this team win."
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