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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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All lined up

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

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, buy discount zetia 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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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 zetia The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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Handing out Hall passes

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Secondary injuries

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

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