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