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