FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork made it abundantly clear how he feels about the Houston Texans, the team's upcoming opponent, when he spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.
"They're the best team in the NFL," he said.
"They're the best team for a reason. They do a lot of things well," Wilfork added. "They've been in some blowouts, they've been in some tough games, they've been in some overtime [games]. This [is] a team that has played through it all. And they seem to rally around one another, and that's the sign of a great team. They definitely have what it takes to be a champion. You have to respect that."
The Texans, 11-1, feature a zone blocking scheme on offense that puts pressure on an opposing defensive line. Wilfork discussed the challenge of countering that blocking scheme, while also highlighting the unpredictability of their offense as a whole.
"They cut, they don't cut, they man block, they double," he said. "They keep it moving. They definitely keep it moving. I think you really can't get a beat on when they are running the zone, when they are running the ball and when they are the passing the ball because they do a good job up front of showing you the same look on run and pass."
He said a reliance on sound technique and fundamentals will be key for him and his defensive teammates this week.
"We're just going to have to rely on technique, good fundamentals, [and] play what we see," Wilfork said. "Games like this always come back to playing good technique. I think that's what we have to do this week, is get back to playing good technique and good fundamentals, especially against this team. Hopefully that'll be good enough."