By Mike Fine, buy acai The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, buy acai 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, buy acai including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Buy acai He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Buy acai 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. Buy acai It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, buy acai he was asked?
“I don’t know, buy acai” he said.
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“Obviously, buy acai the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, buy acai but we still have things we need to improve on, buy acai” he said. Buy acai “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, buy acai which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Buy acai It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, buy acai the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, buy acai Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Buy acai Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, buy acai and he was off for the end zone, buy acai giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Buy acai “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, buy acai” he said, buy acai “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, buy acai and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, buy acai” said coach Bill Belichick. Buy acai “That was great protection, buy acai great run fake, buy acai and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Buy acai The players did a good job on that.”
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There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, buy acai and even his ability to mesh with Brady, buy acai so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Buy acai Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Buy acai He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, buy acai either. Buy acai “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, buy acai we’re just executing the plays. Buy acai I haven’t seen the film, buy acai but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, buy acai though, buy acai and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, buy acai only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, buy acai Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
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Not too high, buy acai not too low, buy acai that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Buy acai We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Buy acai “I don’t know. Buy acai I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, buy acai” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.