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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, buy levlen no rx required but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

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Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, buy levlen no rx required catching seven passes for 89 yards, buy levlen no rx required his second-highest total of the season.

He scored two touchdowns, buy levlen no rx required the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, buy levlen no rx required after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. Buy levlen no rx required The ball bounced forward, buy levlen no rx required with Lloyd diving on it. Buy levlen no rx required Not how it’s drawn up, buy levlen no rx required but the way the night went.

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All lined up

Since the start of the season, buy levlen no rx required the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, buy levlen no rx required with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

For the first time in a month, buy levlen no rx required and just the sixth time this season, buy levlen no rx required the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, buy levlen no rx required Logan Mankins at left guard, buy levlen no rx required Ryan Wendell at center, buy levlen no rx required Dan Connolly at right guard, buy levlen no rx required and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Buy levlen no rx required The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, buy levlen no rx required defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, buy levlen no rx required safety Derrick Martin, buy levlen no rx required and fullback James Develin, buy levlen no rx required who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Buy levlen no rx required 28, buy levlen no rx required but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, buy levlen no rx required 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.

Bolden, buy levlen no rx required a rookie from Mississippi, buy levlen no rx required was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Buy levlen no rx required 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Buy levlen no rx required He hadn’t played since Oct. Buy levlen no rx required 14 at Seattle, buy levlen no rx required when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Buy levlen no rx required The injury cost him two games, buy levlen no rx required then the suspension added four more.

With 234 yards on 43 carries, buy levlen no rx required Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, buy levlen no rx required and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Buy levlen no rx required Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, buy levlen no rx required gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

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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 levlen no rx required 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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