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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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