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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, buy arimidex in canada 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, buy arimidex in canada receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, buy arimidex in canada blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Buy arimidex in canada He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, buy arimidex in canada coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, buy arimidex in canada 42-14, buy arimidex in canada Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, buy arimidex in canada catching seven passes for 89 yards, buy arimidex in canada his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, buy arimidex in canada we do our best to block downfield, buy arimidex in canada and unfortunately the ball popped out, buy arimidex in canada” Lloyd said. Buy arimidex in canada “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, buy arimidex in canada with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, buy arimidex in canada back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, buy arimidex in canada 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, buy arimidex in canada a rookie from Mississippi, buy arimidex in canada was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Buy arimidex in canada 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Buy arimidex in canada He hadn’t played since Oct. Buy arimidex in canada 14 at Seattle, buy arimidex in canada when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Buy arimidex in canada The injury cost him two games, buy arimidex in canada then the suspension added four more.

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

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

“Felt good, buy arimidex in canada” Bolden said. Buy arimidex in canada “Missing four weeks, buy arimidex in canada you try not to get out of shape, buy arimidex in canada you keep yourself active, buy arimidex in canada it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

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“It was a mistake. Buy arimidex in canada Saddened that it happened, buy arimidex in canada but the team kept going, buy arimidex in canada so just got to keep moving forward, buy arimidex in canada” Bolden said. Buy arimidex in canada “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, buy arimidex in canada 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. Buy arimidex in canada The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, buy arimidex in canada the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, buy arimidex in canada one behind the Chicago Bears. Buy arimidex in canada Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



Early in the fourth quarter, buy arimidex in canada Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Buy arimidex in canada Watt. Buy arimidex in canada The ball flew into the end zone, buy arimidex in canada with Lloyd diving on it for an unlikely touchdown.

Handing out Hall passes

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

The weeklong celebration will culminate with Sunday night’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers, buy arimidex in canada with Tippett, buy arimidex in canada Haynes, buy arimidex in canada and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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