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