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