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