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