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Some observations as the Patriots and Rams are tied, buy liposafe 7-7, buy liposafe going into the second quarter.
The Patriots’ defensive starters were Vince Wilfork, buy liposafe Kyle Love, buy liposafe Chandler Jones, buy liposafe Rob Ninkovich, buy liposafe Jerod Mayo, buy liposafe 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 liposafe Poor technique on Wilson’s part to surrender the deep ball so easiy. Buy liposafe It looked like trouble when Givens was still 10 yards in front of him.
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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 liposafe including a penalty. Buy liposafe But Lloyd was asked this week if the Pats could use the Rams’ defensive aggressiveness against them, buy liposafe and he simply smiled and nodded. Buy liposafe He knew.
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Julian Edelman is back to returning punts, buy liposafe so it looks like the hand injury is just about in the past. Buy liposafe He couldn’t do it last week in his return from the ailment.
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