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