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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, baclofen free delivery but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

So when quarterback Tom Brady perfectly sold a handoff the second time the Patriots had the ball, baclofen free delivery receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, baclofen free delivery blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Baclofen free delivery He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, baclofen free delivery coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, baclofen free delivery 42-14, baclofen free delivery Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

“That was definitely a scheme play, baclofen free delivery” Lloyd said. Baclofen free delivery “We worked hard on that all week, baclofen free delivery and when the opportunity presented itself, baclofen free delivery Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, baclofen free delivery catching seven passes for 89 yards, baclofen free delivery his second-highest total of the season.

He scored two touchdowns, baclofen free delivery the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, baclofen free delivery after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. Baclofen free delivery The ball bounced forward, baclofen free delivery with Lloyd diving on it. Baclofen free delivery Not how it’s drawn up, baclofen free delivery but the way the night went.

“Just a screen pass, baclofen free delivery we do our best to block downfield, baclofen free delivery and unfortunately the ball popped out, baclofen free delivery” Lloyd said. Baclofen free delivery “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

Since the start of the season, baclofen free delivery the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, baclofen free delivery with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

For the first time in a month, baclofen free delivery and just the sixth time this season, baclofen free delivery the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, baclofen free delivery Logan Mankins at left guard, baclofen free delivery Ryan Wendell at center, baclofen free delivery Dan Connolly at right guard, baclofen free delivery and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, baclofen free delivery who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. Baclofen free delivery He was back at practice last week, baclofen free delivery in a limited role, baclofen free delivery but was in the starting lineup Monday night, baclofen free delivery relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.

Another key starter also returned from injury, baclofen free delivery with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, baclofen free delivery back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Baclofen free delivery The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, baclofen free delivery defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, baclofen free delivery safety Derrick Martin, baclofen free delivery and fullback James Develin, baclofen free delivery who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Baclofen free delivery 28, baclofen free delivery but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, baclofen free delivery activating Brandon Bolden to the 53-man roster and making him eligible to play against the Texans after the running back served a four-game suspension.

Bolden, baclofen free delivery a rookie from Mississippi, baclofen free delivery was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Baclofen free delivery 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Baclofen free delivery He hadn’t played since Oct. Baclofen free delivery 14 at Seattle, baclofen free delivery when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Baclofen free delivery The injury cost him two games, baclofen free delivery then the suspension added four more.

With 234 yards on 43 carries, baclofen free delivery Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, baclofen free delivery and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Baclofen free delivery Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, baclofen free delivery gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, baclofen free delivery the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Baclofen free delivery But he was ready to talk after the game, baclofen free delivery in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

“Felt good, baclofen free delivery” Bolden said. Baclofen free delivery “Missing four weeks, baclofen free delivery you try not to get out of shape, baclofen free delivery you keep yourself active, baclofen free delivery it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Baclofen free delivery Saddened that it happened, baclofen free delivery but the team kept going, baclofen free delivery so just got to keep moving forward, baclofen free delivery” Bolden said. Baclofen free delivery “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, baclofen free delivery make sure I don’t fall too far off.”

Turning their way

Devin McCourty’s end-zone interception on Houston’s second offensive series of the game extended the Patriots’ streak of forcing at least one turnover to 24 games. Baclofen free delivery The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, baclofen free delivery the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, baclofen free delivery one behind the Chicago Bears. Baclofen free delivery Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, baclofen free delivery we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, baclofen free delivery” McCourty said. Baclofen free delivery “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Baclofen free delivery Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, baclofen free delivery inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, baclofen free delivery but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Baclofen free delivery On the next play, baclofen free delivery Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.



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Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, baclofen free delivery Ohio, baclofen free delivery and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, baclofen free delivery Canton is coming to you this week. Baclofen free delivery Well, baclofen free delivery at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Baclofen free delivery In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, baclofen free delivery the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, baclofen free delivery Andre Tippett, baclofen free delivery Nick Buoniconti, baclofen free delivery Mike Haynes, baclofen free delivery and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.

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Secondary injuries

One downside to the Patriots’ victory was injuries to the defensive secondary. Baclofen free delivery The Patriots announced injuries to Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring). Baclofen free delivery Neither returned to the game after getting injured . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery With Julian Edelman out for the season with a foot injury, baclofen free delivery Wes Welker took over the Patriots’ punt return duties. Baclofen free delivery He returned four for 50 yards, baclofen free delivery with a long of 31 . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery Welker also caught three passes, baclofen free delivery pushing his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a catch to 107 . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery Donte Stallworth made the most of his return to the Patriots. Baclofen free delivery He caught only one pass from Brady, baclofen free delivery but the catch-and-run went for 63 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter, baclofen free delivery making it 28-0. Baclofen free delivery It was a case of practice makes perfect, baclofen free delivery even if the practice had been a while ago. Baclofen free delivery “That particular play is something we had worked on, baclofen free delivery even in the spring, baclofen free delivery’’ he said. Baclofen free delivery “It was just an opportunity where they were kind of flat-footed and it gave me an opportunity to run by the guy and Tommy made a great throw. Baclofen free delivery He put it up for me to catch it and that’s what I did.’’ . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery His team off until Wednesday, baclofen free delivery Celtics coach Doc Rivers was spotted on the sideline observing pregame warmups, baclofen free delivery wearing a Patriots red sweater and chatting up his Patriots counterpart, baclofen free delivery Bill Belichick. Baclofen free delivery Also in on the conversation: Boston sports fan Mark Wahlberg. Baclofen free delivery Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was also at the game, baclofen free delivery wearing a No. Baclofen free delivery 83 Patriots jersey . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery The Patriots extended their December winning streak to 13 games, baclofen free delivery dating to a 22-21 loss at Miami on Dec. Baclofen free delivery 6, baclofen free delivery 2009. Baclofen free delivery It ties the Patriots for the second-longest such streak with the Dallas Cowboys, baclofen free delivery who accomplished the feat from 1968-72. Baclofen free delivery The record belongs to the San Diego Chargers, baclofen free delivery winners of 18 straight from 2006-09. Baclofen free delivery New England also has won 21 straight games in the second half of the regular season. Baclofen free delivery The Patriots went 8-0 in the second half of 2010, baclofen free delivery 8-0 in 2011, baclofen free delivery and have won their first five this season. Baclofen free delivery The last loss from the back half of the schedule came in the regular-season finale in 2009, baclofen free delivery when the Patriots lost at Houston, baclofen free delivery 34-27 … In a pre-game Twitter message, baclofen free delivery self-described Patriots fan Donald Trump posted, baclofen free delivery “Good Luck to Bob Kraft, baclofen free delivery Tom Brady and Coach Bob Belichick tonight.” Needless to say, baclofen free delivery the Donald got plenty of unwanted attention for his fumble . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery . Baclofen free delivery Keep an eye out for Jerod Mayo on Tuesday. Baclofen free delivery He’ll be joining Subway spokesman Jared Fogle during multiple appearances around town, baclofen free delivery thanking unassuming fans with a dozen acts of kindness.

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Baclofen free delivery Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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