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