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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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