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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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All lined up

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, buy discount floxin 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.

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

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

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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 discount floxin The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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

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

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Handing out Hall passes

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

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Secondary injuries

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Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Buy discount floxin Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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