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

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

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

“Just a screen pass, buy lotrisone in canada we do our best to block downfield, buy lotrisone in canada and unfortunately the ball popped out, buy lotrisone in canada” Lloyd said. Buy lotrisone in canada “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, buy lotrisone in canada who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. Buy lotrisone in canada He was back at practice last week, buy lotrisone in canada in a limited role, buy lotrisone in canada but was in the starting lineup Monday night, buy lotrisone in canada relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.

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

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, buy lotrisone in canada 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 lotrisone in canada a rookie from Mississippi, buy lotrisone in canada was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Buy lotrisone in canada 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Buy lotrisone in canada He hadn’t played since Oct. Buy lotrisone in canada 14 at Seattle, buy lotrisone in canada when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Buy lotrisone in canada The injury cost him two games, buy lotrisone in canada then the suspension added four more.

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

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, buy lotrisone in canada the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Buy lotrisone in canada But he was ready to talk after the game, buy lotrisone in canada in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

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“It was a mistake. Buy lotrisone in canada Saddened that it happened, buy lotrisone in canada but the team kept going, buy lotrisone in canada so just got to keep moving forward, buy lotrisone in canada” Bolden said. Buy lotrisone in canada “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, buy lotrisone in canada make sure I don’t fall too far off.”

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

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

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

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Buy lotrisone in canada Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, buy lotrisone in canada inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, buy lotrisone in canada but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Buy lotrisone in canada On the next play, buy lotrisone in canada Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.



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Handing out Hall passes

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