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Some observations as the Patriots and Rams are tied, find diabecon 7-7, find diabecon 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. Find diabecon Poor technique on Wilson’s part to surrender the deep ball so easiy. Find diabecon It looked like trouble when Givens was still 10 yards in front of him.
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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 diabecon including a penalty. Find diabecon But Lloyd was asked this week if the Pats could use the Rams’ defensive aggressiveness against them, find diabecon and he simply smiled and nodded. Find diabecon He knew.
The Patriots used a big set on second-and-1 before the touchdown, find diabecon with Michael Hoomanawanui at fullback and Marcus Cannon as a second left tackle. Find diabecon And surprise, find diabecon Stevan Ridley got stuffed for no gain by the hardest, find diabecon cleanest hit of the game at that point. Find diabecon Not only did the Patriots lose that battle, find diabecon but they got smoked. Find diabecon I’ve thought all along that the Patriot should run when it’s given, find diabecon or at least stay out of the packages that force them to run. Find diabecon They’re at their best when they can take the matchup to the defense, find diabecon whether it’s called with personnel or audibled at the line, find diabecon and these jumbo run sets take that opportunity away.
Danny Woodhead was open after a defender fell down in the flat, find diabecon and he turned it into a 24-yard gain. Find 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, find diabecon but he was a split second too late.
Arrington was replaced by Moore on the second drive. Find diabecon He has a head injury and is questionable to return, find diabecon but he was standing on the sideline without a helmet, find diabecon which isn’t a good sign.
Julian Edelman is back to returning punts, find diabecon so it looks like the hand injury is just about in the past. Find 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. Find diabecon That was thrown directly over his head, find diabecon and those have given receivers like Lloyd and Welker trouble this season. Find diabecon Not an easy one to haul in, find diabecon especially when you know you’re exposed to a potential hit.
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