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