Boston Herald
October 28th, salmeterol 2012 at 12:43 pm

Some observations as the Patriots and Rams are tied, salmeterol 7-7, salmeterol going into the second quarter.

The Patriots’ defensive starters were Vince Wilfork, salmeterol Kyle Love, salmeterol Chandler Jones, salmeterol Rob Ninkovich, salmeterol Jerod Mayo, salmeterol 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. Salmeterol Poor technique on Wilson’s part to surrender the deep ball so easiy. Salmeterol It looked like trouble when Givens was still 10 yards in front of him.

Givens has 11 catches this season, salmeterol and that’s his sixth 50-plus yarder, salmeterol including his second touchdown. Salmeterol Givens set a record with five straight games with a 50-yard reception. Salmeterol The Patriots knew that would be coming.

The Patriots’ starting offensive line, salmeterol from left to right, salmeterol was Nate Solder, salmeterol Donald Thomas, salmeterol Ryan Wendell, salmeterol 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, salmeterol including a penalty. Salmeterol But Lloyd was asked this week if the Pats could use the Rams’ defensive aggressiveness against them, salmeterol and he simply smiled and nodded. Salmeterol He knew.

The Patriots used a big set on second-and-1 before the touchdown, salmeterol with Michael Hoomanawanui at fullback and Marcus Cannon as a second left tackle. Salmeterol And surprise, salmeterol Stevan Ridley got stuffed for no gain by the hardest, salmeterol cleanest hit of the game at that point. Salmeterol Not only did the Patriots lose that battle, salmeterol but they got smoked. Salmeterol I’ve thought all along that the Patriot should run when it’s given, salmeterol or at least stay out of the packages that force them to run. Salmeterol They’re at their best when they can take the matchup to the defense, salmeterol whether it’s called with personnel or audibled at the line, salmeterol and these jumbo run sets take that opportunity away.

Danny Woodhead was open after a defender fell down in the flat, salmeterol and he turned it into a 24-yard gain. Salmeterol Wes Welker busted his tail to get across the field to try to make the block that would have sprung him down the sideline, salmeterol but he was a split second too late.

Arrington was replaced by Moore on the second drive. Salmeterol He has a head injury and is questionable to return, salmeterol but he was standing on the sideline without a helmet, salmeterol which isn’t a good sign.

Julian Edelman is back to returning punts, salmeterol so it looks like the hand injury is just about in the past. Salmeterol He couldn’t do it last week in his return from the ailment.

Great catch by Rob Gronkowski toward the end of the quarter. Salmeterol That was thrown directly over his head, salmeterol and those have given receivers like Lloyd and Welker trouble this season. Salmeterol Not an easy one to haul in, salmeterol especially when you know you’re exposed to a potential hit.

Ridley has caught some criticism for negative plays, salmeterol but so many, salmeterol including the one-yard loss on the goal line, salmeterol are the result of the line or blockers losing the push up front. Salmeterol That’s been the biggest issue in those big sets.