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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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