FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo knows that his defense will have its hands full on Sunday with Titans running back Chris Johnson, a player he says can do it all on the field.
"He can break tackles, he's fast. Super fast," he said. "He can catch the ball out of the backfield. He just does it all. There's not too many guys out there like that."
The key to stopping the elusive Johnson, according to the Patriots' standout linebacker, is playing sixty minutes of team defense.
"You have to play against him for 60 minutes," Mayo said. "It was a down year for him [in 2011], but it was still a good year. Especially in the fourth quarter, he would break a lot of runs in the fourth quarter. We have to stay focused on him, it's going to take 11 guys and that's our goal."
Beyond Johnson, the Patriots face the challenge of mobile quarterback Jake Locker, who Mayo says can hurt a defense with his arm too.
"A lot of people talk about his legs, but he can also throw the ball," he continued. "He can make every throw on the field, he's a talented guy. It'll take a group effort to stop him. It's take the pass rush, the coverage, it'll take it all."
Nose tackle Vince Wilfork echoed Mayo's sentiments on both Locker and Johnson, while also praising the Titans' offensive line.
"I think he's a lot better passer than people give him credit of," Wilfork said of Locker. "He can definitely can run the ball a bit. We have our hands full, with the backs, probably one of the best backs in the league. He can hurt you anywhere, in the passing game and running game, and the offensive linemen play well together. I think they have a great offense, and we're going to have our hands full, no question about it."
Mayo, who played collegiately at the University of Tennessee, admits that the homecoming game is "a little bit" meaningful, but his primary focus remains on winning.
"At the end of the day, it's a business trip," he said.