Boston Herald
October 28th, dysmenorrhea 2012 at 12:43 pm

Some observations as the Patriots and Rams are tied, dysmenorrhea 7-7, dysmenorrhea going into the second quarter.

The Patriots’ defensive starters were Vince Wilfork, dysmenorrhea Kyle Love, dysmenorrhea Chandler Jones, dysmenorrhea Rob Ninkovich, dysmenorrhea Jerod Mayo, dysmenorrhea 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. Dysmenorrhea Poor technique on Wilson’s part to surrender the deep ball so easiy. Dysmenorrhea It looked like trouble when Givens was still 10 yards in front of him.

Givens has 11 catches this season, dysmenorrhea and that’s his sixth 50-plus yarder, dysmenorrhea including his second touchdown. Dysmenorrhea Givens set a record with five straight games with a 50-yard reception. Dysmenorrhea The Patriots knew that would be coming.

The Patriots’ starting offensive line, dysmenorrhea from left to right, dysmenorrhea was Nate Solder, dysmenorrhea Donald Thomas, dysmenorrhea Ryan Wendell, dysmenorrhea 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, dysmenorrhea including a penalty. Dysmenorrhea But Lloyd was asked this week if the Pats could use the Rams’ defensive aggressiveness against them, dysmenorrhea and he simply smiled and nodded. Dysmenorrhea He knew.

The Patriots used a big set on second-and-1 before the touchdown, dysmenorrhea with Michael Hoomanawanui at fullback and Marcus Cannon as a second left tackle. Dysmenorrhea And surprise, dysmenorrhea Stevan Ridley got stuffed for no gain by the hardest, dysmenorrhea cleanest hit of the game at that point. Dysmenorrhea Not only did the Patriots lose that battle, dysmenorrhea but they got smoked. Dysmenorrhea I’ve thought all along that the Patriot should run when it’s given, dysmenorrhea or at least stay out of the packages that force them to run. Dysmenorrhea They’re at their best when they can take the matchup to the defense, dysmenorrhea whether it’s called with personnel or audibled at the line, dysmenorrhea and these jumbo run sets take that opportunity away.

Danny Woodhead was open after a defender fell down in the flat, dysmenorrhea and he turned it into a 24-yard gain. Dysmenorrhea Wes Welker busted his tail to get across the field to try to make the block that would have sprung him down the sideline, dysmenorrhea but he was a split second too late.

Arrington was replaced by Moore on the second drive. Dysmenorrhea He has a head injury and is questionable to return, dysmenorrhea but he was standing on the sideline without a helmet, dysmenorrhea which isn’t a good sign.

Julian Edelman is back to returning punts, dysmenorrhea so it looks like the hand injury is just about in the past. Dysmenorrhea He couldn’t do it last week in his return from the ailment.

Great catch by Rob Gronkowski toward the end of the quarter. Dysmenorrhea That was thrown directly over his head, dysmenorrhea and those have given receivers like Lloyd and Welker trouble this season. Dysmenorrhea Not an easy one to haul in, dysmenorrhea especially when you know you’re exposed to a potential hit.

Ridley has caught some criticism for negative plays, dysmenorrhea but so many, dysmenorrhea including the one-yard loss on the goal line, dysmenorrhea are the result of the line or blockers losing the push up front. Dysmenorrhea That’s been the biggest issue in those big sets.

Source: http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/blitz/index.php/2012/10/28/first-quarter-observations-brandon-lloyds-touchdown-has-pats-rams-tied-7-7/