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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ridley has caught some criticism for negative plays, elocon but so many, elocon including the one-yard loss on the goal line, elocon are the result of the line or blockers losing the push up front. Elocon 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/