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