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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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