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