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