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