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