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