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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, buy cheap extendaquin” Lloyd said. Buy cheap extendaquin “We worked hard on that all week, buy cheap extendaquin and when the opportunity presented itself, buy cheap extendaquin 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 cheap extendaquin catching seven passes for 89 yards, buy cheap extendaquin his second-highest total of the season.

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Buy cheap extendaquin Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, buy cheap extendaquin inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, buy cheap extendaquin but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Buy cheap extendaquin On the next play, buy cheap extendaquin 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, buy cheap extendaquin Ohio, buy cheap extendaquin and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, buy cheap extendaquin Canton is coming to you this week. Buy cheap extendaquin Well, buy cheap extendaquin at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Buy cheap extendaquin In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, buy cheap extendaquin the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, buy cheap extendaquin Andre Tippett, buy cheap extendaquin Nick Buoniconti, buy cheap extendaquin Mike Haynes, buy cheap extendaquin 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 cheap extendaquin with Tippett, buy cheap extendaquin Haynes, buy cheap extendaquin and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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