Boston Herald
October 28th, albuterol 2012 at 12:43 pm

Some observations as the Patriots and Rams are tied, albuterol 7-7, albuterol going into the second quarter.

The Patriots’ defensive starters were Vince Wilfork, albuterol Kyle Love, albuterol Chandler Jones, albuterol Rob Ninkovich, albuterol Jerod Mayo, albuterol 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. Albuterol Poor technique on Wilson’s part to surrender the deep ball so easiy. Albuterol It looked like trouble when Givens was still 10 yards in front of him.

Givens has 11 catches this season, albuterol and that’s his sixth 50-plus yarder, albuterol including his second touchdown. Albuterol Givens set a record with five straight games with a 50-yard reception. Albuterol The Patriots knew that would be coming.

The Patriots’ starting offensive line, albuterol from left to right, albuterol was Nate Solder, albuterol Donald Thomas, albuterol Ryan Wendell, albuterol 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, albuterol including a penalty. Albuterol But Lloyd was asked this week if the Pats could use the Rams’ defensive aggressiveness against them, albuterol and he simply smiled and nodded. Albuterol He knew.

The Patriots used a big set on second-and-1 before the touchdown, albuterol with Michael Hoomanawanui at fullback and Marcus Cannon as a second left tackle. Albuterol And surprise, albuterol Stevan Ridley got stuffed for no gain by the hardest, albuterol cleanest hit of the game at that point. Albuterol Not only did the Patriots lose that battle, albuterol but they got smoked. Albuterol I’ve thought all along that the Patriot should run when it’s given, albuterol or at least stay out of the packages that force them to run. Albuterol They’re at their best when they can take the matchup to the defense, albuterol whether it’s called with personnel or audibled at the line, albuterol and these jumbo run sets take that opportunity away.

Danny Woodhead was open after a defender fell down in the flat, albuterol and he turned it into a 24-yard gain. Albuterol Wes Welker busted his tail to get across the field to try to make the block that would have sprung him down the sideline, albuterol but he was a split second too late.

Arrington was replaced by Moore on the second drive. Albuterol He has a head injury and is questionable to return, albuterol but he was standing on the sideline without a helmet, albuterol which isn’t a good sign.

Julian Edelman is back to returning punts, albuterol so it looks like the hand injury is just about in the past. Albuterol He couldn’t do it last week in his return from the ailment.

Great catch by Rob Gronkowski toward the end of the quarter. Albuterol That was thrown directly over his head, albuterol and those have given receivers like Lloyd and Welker trouble this season. Albuterol Not an easy one to haul in, albuterol especially when you know you’re exposed to a potential hit.

Ridley has caught some criticism for negative plays, albuterol but so many, albuterol including the one-yard loss on the goal line, albuterol are the result of the line or blockers losing the push up front. Albuterol That’s been the biggest issue in those big sets.