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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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