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