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