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Boston Herald
October 28th, find no rx ansaid 2012 at 12:43 pm

Some observations as the Patriots and Rams are tied, find no rx ansaid 7-7, find no rx ansaid going into the second quarter.

The Patriots’ defensive starters were Vince Wilfork, find no rx ansaid Kyle Love, find no rx ansaid Chandler Jones, find no rx ansaid Rob Ninkovich, find no rx ansaid Jerod Mayo, find no rx ansaid 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 no rx ansaid Poor technique on Wilson’s part to surrender the deep ball so easiy. Find no rx ansaid It looked like trouble when Givens was still 10 yards in front of him.

Givens has 11 catches this season, find no rx ansaid and that’s his sixth 50-plus yarder, find no rx ansaid including his second touchdown. Find no rx ansaid Givens set a record with five straight games with a 50-yard reception. Find no rx ansaid The Patriots knew that would be coming.

The Patriots’ starting offensive line, find no rx ansaid from left to right, find no rx ansaid was Nate Solder, find no rx ansaid Donald Thomas, find no rx ansaid Ryan Wendell, find no rx ansaid 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, find no rx ansaid including a penalty. Find no rx ansaid But Lloyd was asked this week if the Pats could use the Rams’ defensive aggressiveness against them, find no rx ansaid and he simply smiled and nodded. Find no rx ansaid He knew.

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

Danny Woodhead was open after a defender fell down in the flat, find no rx ansaid and he turned it into a 24-yard gain. Find no rx ansaid 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 no rx ansaid but he was a split second too late.

Arrington was replaced by Moore on the second drive. Find no rx ansaid He has a head injury and is questionable to return, find no rx ansaid but he was standing on the sideline without a helmet, find no rx ansaid which isn’t a good sign.

Julian Edelman is back to returning punts, find no rx ansaid so it looks like the hand injury is just about in the past. Find no rx ansaid 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 no rx ansaid That was thrown directly over his head, find no rx ansaid and those have given receivers like Lloyd and Welker trouble this season. Find no rx ansaid Not an easy one to haul in, find no rx ansaid especially when you know you’re exposed to a potential hit.

Ridley has caught some criticism for negative plays, find no rx ansaid but so many, find no rx ansaid including the one-yard loss on the goal line, find no rx ansaid are the result of the line or blockers losing the push up front. Find no rx ansaid That’s been the biggest issue in those big sets.

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