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