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Some observations as the Patriots and Rams are tied, order deltasone 7-7, order deltasone going into the second quarter.
The Patriots’ defensive starters were Vince Wilfork, order deltasone Kyle Love, order deltasone Chandler Jones, order deltasone Rob Ninkovich, order deltasone Jerod Mayo, order deltasone 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 deltasone Poor technique on Wilson’s part to surrender the deep ball so easiy. Order deltasone It looked like trouble when Givens was still 10 yards in front of him.
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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, order deltasone including a penalty. Order deltasone But Lloyd was asked this week if the Pats could use the Rams’ defensive aggressiveness against them, order deltasone and he simply smiled and nodded. Order deltasone He knew.
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Danny Woodhead was open after a defender fell down in the flat, order deltasone and he turned it into a 24-yard gain. Order deltasone 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 deltasone but he was a split second too late.
Arrington was replaced by Moore on the second drive. Order deltasone He has a head injury and is questionable to return, order deltasone but he was standing on the sideline without a helmet, order deltasone which isn’t a good sign.
Julian Edelman is back to returning punts, order deltasone so it looks like the hand injury is just about in the past. Order deltasone 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 deltasone That was thrown directly over his head, order deltasone and those have given receivers like Lloyd and Welker trouble this season. Order deltasone Not an easy one to haul in, order deltasone especially when you know you’re exposed to a potential hit.
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