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