Brandon Spikes is focused: "go hard or go home"

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes had a great regular season, and now he's ready and focused to take it to the next level as the team prepares for their rematch with the Houston Texans.

“Oh, man, postseason is what it’s about — either go hard or go home,” Spikes told reporters, via Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.

“It’s that simple. So I’m definitely looking forward to this. It’s everything we’ve built on in terms of physicality and they’re coming out trying to run the ball and we want to establish the dominance early.”

Spikes had 128 tackles (84 solo), 5 forced fumbles, seven pass breakups, and a sack this season, and got some much needed rest in the finale against the Doplhins, and with the bye week, he and his teammates feel as healthy as they can be at this point in the year.

“I feel great. I’ve been feeling great,” he said. “But it’s postseason, it’s been a long year, and nobody’s healthy, nobody is 100 percent. I just have to deal with it and try to get better every day.”

One of the challenges for Spikes on Sunday is to stop running back Arian Foster from racking up yards like he did last week vs. the Bengals.

“He’s an all-around player,” hesaid. “He’s one of the emotional guys for them. He obviously gets the offense going and that team going... He’s definitely a big target for us, and as far as the linebackers and whole front seven, we want to come out and contain him, definitely.”

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