October 28th, discount pletal 2012 at 12:43 pm
Some observations as the Patriots and Rams are tied, discount pletal 7-7, discount pletal going into the second quarter.
The Patriots’ defensive starters were Vince Wilfork, discount pletal Kyle Love, discount pletal Chandler Jones, discount pletal Rob Ninkovich, discount pletal Jerod Mayo, discount pletal 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 pletal Poor technique on Wilson’s part to surrender the deep ball so easiy. Discount pletal It looked like trouble when Givens was still 10 yards in front of him.
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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 pletal including a penalty. Discount pletal But Lloyd was asked this week if the Pats could use the Rams’ defensive aggressiveness against them, discount pletal and he simply smiled and nodded. Discount pletal He knew.
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