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