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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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