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