Jerod Mayo on MFB: 'It's going to take a group effort' to stop Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

September 12, 2014 - 10:27 am
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[caption id="attachment_79135" align="alignright" width="150"]Jerod MayoJerod Mayo[/caption] Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined Middays with MFB on Friday afternoon to preview Sunday's game against the Vikings. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page. Coming off a loss to the Dolphins in the opener in which the Patriots defense struggled to contain the rush, New England now must face standout Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. "Obviously, it's going to take more than one person. It's going to take a group effort, all the way across the board. Defensive line, linebackers -- if he breaks through those guys, the secondary. It will take 11 guys to stop him on each and every play. "They have a lot of weapons on the offensive side of the ball, with the receivers, the tight end's pretty good. We're also familiar with [Matt] Cassel, he can move around in the pocket and run the ball. It will take a group effort." The Patriots' opener was disappointing especially for how New England squandered a 10-point halftime lead and was dominated in the second 30 minutes. "We just didn't execute at the same level," Mayo said. "We were getting the turnovers in the first half and doing a good job. We need to put four quarters together, and that's been our focus this week." Added Mayo: "Obviously we didn't finish the game, but we wanted to. We were missing something, I'm not sure [if it was lacking a more aggressive attitude]. Execution -- if we execute it will be a different story. Hopefully this week we can go out and put four quarters together." For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots.