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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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