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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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