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