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This week, PFW goes three and out with Vikings LB Chad Greenway, who gives his take on the big game against the Patriots on Sunday.
PFW: What's the toughest thing about defending the Patriots? Is it that they seem to be a very game plan-based team where every week there can be a different focal point?
CG: I would say the toughest thing about them is their experience. The people they have at key positions, their playmakers, they thrive in every key situation you can think of and every big game you can think of. Anytime you are playing an experienced group that is used to winning, it's hard to crack that shell.
PFW: What have you seen in their tight ends, especially the two kids, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski?
CG: Well, they are really talented. I think Hernandez is one of the more athletically gifted guys you will see at that position. He's been putting it on tape all year. And Gronkowski is so big; I don't think he has quite the speed that Hernandez does, but his length — especially down in the red zone and third-down situations — really is huge. And it's all about matchups with those guys. They want to create matchups with those two, and certainly No. 82 (Alge Crumpler) is a matchup problem for them as well.
PFW: How much can Randy Moss help you guys this week with their personnel, their trends, any signals they might make?
CG: Obviously, everything that we know is everything that the Patriots know. It's one of those deals like, how much difference is it really going to make? They're obviously aware of what he knows. In some respects, it can be almost a negative for you. They are going to change things for that reason. We've seen what we have seen on tape, and we're going to go out there with a game plan that resembles our team and who we are. We're not going to go out there and change all this crazy stuff just because we have a player who just recently came over.
The biggest is thing is that the Patriots are ... it doesn't matter who they are playing or who they have, personnel-wise, they don't change a lot. And they are very good at what they do. They win as much as they do for a reason. We give them their respect, but we just try to play hard and get the win.