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