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