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