Meriweather: We want to punish receivers

Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, appearing on WEEI on Monday morning, talked about the big hits New England's secondary put on the Bills on Sunday and said it's all part of the game plan.

"We like to say we're the most physical secondary in the NFL," said Meriweather.

"We want to punish you ... we want to make you feel it," he said, adding that the punishing hits on receivers going over the middle eventually takes away that pass, and sets up the defense for interceptions on the outside.

"We try to do that every game," he said.

When asked whether he thinks he and other starters should play in next week's somewhat meaningless game against Miami, he laughed said simply: "Everyone wants to play against the Dolphins." Then added: "But it's not our decision."