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