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