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