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