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By Mike Fine, b12 The Patriot Ledger

FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, b12 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, b12 including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. B12 He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. B12 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. B12 It just wasn’t a big deal.

What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, b12 he was asked?

“I don’t know, b12” he said.

It means you’re pretty good, b12 he was reminded, b12 as if he didn't realize the Texans, b12 who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, b12 were just another game on the schedule.

“Obviously, b12 the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, b12 but we still have things we need to improve on, b12” he said. B12 “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, b12 which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. B12 It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.

At 2:49 of the first quarter, b12 the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, b12 Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. B12 Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, b12 and he was off for the end zone, b12 giving the Pats a 14-0 start. B12 “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, b12” he said, b12 “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, b12 and we were able to take advantage of it.”

“That was well executed, b12” said coach Bill Belichick. B12 “That was great protection, b12 great run fake, b12 and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. B12 The players did a good job on that.”

Not only was it big for the team, b12 but also for Lloyd. B12 A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, b12 capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. B12 In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.

There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, b12 and even his ability to mesh with Brady, b12 so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. B12 Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. B12 He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, b12 either. B12 “I don’t know how many yards I had.”

As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, b12 we’re just executing the plays. B12 I haven’t seen the film, b12 but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”

Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, b12 though, b12 and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, b12 only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, b12 Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.

“I don’t know, b12” he said, b12 when asked about that play. B12 “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. B12 Pretty much all I know right now. B12 As long as it puts points on the board. B12 It doesn’t really matter how they come.”

Not too high, b12 not too low, b12 that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. B12 We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. B12 “I don’t know. B12 I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, b12” he said.

Mike Fine may be reached at mikefine@ledger.com.

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