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