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