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