October 28th, acidity 2012 at 12:43 pm
Some observations as the Patriots and Rams are tied, acidity 7-7, acidity going into the second quarter.
The Patriots’ defensive starters were Vince Wilfork, acidity Kyle Love, acidity Chandler Jones, acidity Rob Ninkovich, acidity Jerod Mayo, acidity Brandon Spikes and Dont’a Hightower in a 4-3 base with Kyle Arrington (right) and Alfonzo Dennard (left) at corner and Devin McCourty and Tavon Wilson at safety.
Cornerback Sterling Moore subbed for Spikes in the nickel on the first drive of the game.
Hightower was lined up in the slot in man coverage on a receiver at one point.
Chris Givens beat Wilson on the touchdown because Wilson was too stiff and flat-footed while Givens ran full speed in his direction. Acidity Poor technique on Wilson’s part to surrender the deep ball so easiy. Acidity It looked like trouble when Givens was still 10 yards in front of him.
Givens has 11 catches this season, acidity and that’s his sixth 50-plus yarder, acidity including his second touchdown. Acidity Givens set a record with five straight games with a 50-yard reception. Acidity The Patriots knew that would be coming.
The Patriots’ starting offensive line, acidity from left to right, acidity was Nate Solder, acidity Donald Thomas, acidity Ryan Wendell, acidity Dan Connolly and Sebastian Vollmer.
Brandon Lloyd broke free from an aggressive look from cornerback Janoris Jenkins and scored an easy 19-yard touchdown on the Patriots’ third third-and-short conversion on the drive, acidity including a penalty. Acidity But Lloyd was asked this week if the Pats could use the Rams’ defensive aggressiveness against them, acidity and he simply smiled and nodded. Acidity He knew.
The Patriots used a big set on second-and-1 before the touchdown, acidity with Michael Hoomanawanui at fullback and Marcus Cannon as a second left tackle. Acidity And surprise, acidity Stevan Ridley got stuffed for no gain by the hardest, acidity cleanest hit of the game at that point. Acidity Not only did the Patriots lose that battle, acidity but they got smoked. Acidity I’ve thought all along that the Patriot should run when it’s given, acidity or at least stay out of the packages that force them to run. Acidity They’re at their best when they can take the matchup to the defense, acidity whether it’s called with personnel or audibled at the line, acidity and these jumbo run sets take that opportunity away.
Danny Woodhead was open after a defender fell down in the flat, acidity and he turned it into a 24-yard gain. Acidity Wes Welker busted his tail to get across the field to try to make the block that would have sprung him down the sideline, acidity but he was a split second too late.
Arrington was replaced by Moore on the second drive. Acidity He has a head injury and is questionable to return, acidity but he was standing on the sideline without a helmet, acidity which isn’t a good sign.
Julian Edelman is back to returning punts, acidity so it looks like the hand injury is just about in the past. Acidity He couldn’t do it last week in his return from the ailment.
Great catch by Rob Gronkowski toward the end of the quarter. Acidity That was thrown directly over his head, acidity and those have given receivers like Lloyd and Welker trouble this season. Acidity Not an easy one to haul in, acidity especially when you know you’re exposed to a potential hit.
Ridley has caught some criticism for negative plays, acidity but so many, acidity including the one-yard loss on the goal line, acidity are the result of the line or blockers losing the push up front. Acidity That’s been the biggest issue in those big sets.