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