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