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