Amaryl In Us
By Mike Fine, amaryl in us The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, amaryl in us Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
Lloyd had just resurrected himself with seven catches for 89 yards, amaryl in us including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Amaryl in us He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Amaryl in us Two touchdowns in the biggest game of the season and Lloyd acted like he’d done nothing more than buy a can of Coke at 7-Eleven. Amaryl in us It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, amaryl in us he was asked?
“I don’t know, amaryl in us” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, amaryl in us he was reminded, amaryl in us as if he didn't realize the Texans, amaryl in us who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, amaryl in us were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, amaryl in us the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, amaryl in us but we still have things we need to improve on, amaryl in us” he said. Amaryl in us “I think we had a great week of practice and we did the things that were necessary to come out and execute well and it was a team effort.”
Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, amaryl in us which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Amaryl in us It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, amaryl in us the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, amaryl in us Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Amaryl in us Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, amaryl in us and he was off for the end zone, amaryl in us giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Amaryl in us “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, amaryl in us” he said, amaryl in us “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, amaryl in us and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, amaryl in us” said coach Bill Belichick. Amaryl in us “That was great protection, amaryl in us great run fake, amaryl in us and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Amaryl in us The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, amaryl in us but also for Lloyd. Amaryl in us A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, amaryl in us capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Amaryl in us In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, amaryl in us and even his ability to mesh with Brady, amaryl in us so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Amaryl in us Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Amaryl in us He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, amaryl in us either. Amaryl in us “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, amaryl in us we’re just executing the plays. Amaryl in us I haven’t seen the film, amaryl in us but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, amaryl in us though, amaryl in us and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, amaryl in us only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, amaryl in us Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, amaryl in us” he said, amaryl in us when asked about that play. Amaryl in us “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Amaryl in us Pretty much all I know right now. Amaryl in us As long as it puts points on the board. Amaryl in us It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, amaryl in us not too low, amaryl in us that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Amaryl in us We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Amaryl in us “I don’t know. Amaryl in us I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, amaryl in us” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.