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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/blitz/index.php/2012/10/28/first-quarter-observations-brandon-lloyds-touchdown-has-pats-rams-tied-7-7/