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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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