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