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