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FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, buy cheap zyban 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 cheap zyban including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Buy cheap zyban He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Buy cheap zyban 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 cheap zyban It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, buy cheap zyban he was asked?
“I don’t know, buy cheap zyban” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, buy cheap zyban he was reminded, buy cheap zyban as if he didn't realize the Texans, buy cheap zyban who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, buy cheap zyban were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, buy cheap zyban 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 cheap zyban but we still have things we need to improve on, buy cheap zyban” he said. Buy cheap zyban “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 cheap zyban which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Buy cheap zyban It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, buy cheap zyban the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, buy cheap zyban Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Buy cheap zyban Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, buy cheap zyban and he was off for the end zone, buy cheap zyban giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Buy cheap zyban “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, buy cheap zyban” he said, buy cheap zyban “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 cheap zyban and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, buy cheap zyban” said coach Bill Belichick. Buy cheap zyban “That was great protection, buy cheap zyban great run fake, buy cheap zyban and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Buy cheap zyban The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, buy cheap zyban but also for Lloyd. Buy cheap zyban A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, buy cheap zyban capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Buy cheap zyban In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, buy cheap zyban and even his ability to mesh with Brady, buy cheap zyban so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Buy cheap zyban Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Buy cheap zyban He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, buy cheap zyban either. Buy cheap zyban “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, buy cheap zyban we’re just executing the plays. Buy cheap zyban I haven’t seen the film, buy cheap zyban but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, buy cheap zyban though, buy cheap zyban and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, buy cheap zyban only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, buy cheap zyban Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, buy cheap zyban” he said, buy cheap zyban when asked about that play. Buy cheap zyban “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Buy cheap zyban Pretty much all I know right now. Buy cheap zyban As long as it puts points on the board. Buy cheap zyban It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, buy cheap zyban not too low, buy cheap zyban that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Buy cheap zyban We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Buy cheap zyban “I don’t know. Buy cheap zyban I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, buy cheap zyban” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.