Ed Strips In Us

Boston Herald
October 28th, ed strips in us 2012 at 12:43 pm

Some observations as the Patriots and Rams are tied, ed strips in us 7-7, ed strips in us going into the second quarter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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