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