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