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