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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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