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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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