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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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