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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/blitz/index.php/2012/10/28/first-quarter-observations-brandon-lloyds-touchdown-has-pats-rams-tied-7-7/