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FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, anacin in canada 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, anacin in canada including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Anacin in canada He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Anacin in canada 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. Anacin in canada It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, anacin in canada he was asked?
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Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, anacin in canada which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Anacin in canada It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
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Not too high, anacin in canada not too low, anacin in canada that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Anacin in canada We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Anacin in canada “I don’t know. Anacin in canada I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, anacin in canada” he said.
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