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Some observations as the Patriots and Rams are tied, order lipitor 7-7, order lipitor going into the second quarter.
The Patriots’ defensive starters were Vince Wilfork, order lipitor Kyle Love, order lipitor Chandler Jones, order lipitor Rob Ninkovich, order lipitor Jerod Mayo, order lipitor 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 lipitor Poor technique on Wilson’s part to surrender the deep ball so easiy. Order lipitor It looked like trouble when Givens was still 10 yards in front of him.
Givens has 11 catches this season, order lipitor and that’s his sixth 50-plus yarder, order lipitor including his second touchdown. Order lipitor Givens set a record with five straight games with a 50-yard reception. Order lipitor 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, order lipitor including a penalty. Order lipitor But Lloyd was asked this week if the Pats could use the Rams’ defensive aggressiveness against them, order lipitor and he simply smiled and nodded. Order lipitor He knew.
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Danny Woodhead was open after a defender fell down in the flat, order lipitor and he turned it into a 24-yard gain. Order lipitor 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 lipitor but he was a split second too late.
Arrington was replaced by Moore on the second drive. Order lipitor He has a head injury and is questionable to return, order lipitor but he was standing on the sideline without a helmet, order lipitor which isn’t a good sign.
Julian Edelman is back to returning punts, order lipitor so it looks like the hand injury is just about in the past. Order lipitor 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 lipitor That was thrown directly over his head, order lipitor and those have given receivers like Lloyd and Welker trouble this season. Order lipitor Not an easy one to haul in, order lipitor especially when you know you’re exposed to a potential hit.
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