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