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