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