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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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