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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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