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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

“Felt good, buy metabo ultramax online” Bolden said. Buy metabo ultramax online “Missing four weeks, buy metabo ultramax online you try not to get out of shape, buy metabo ultramax online you keep yourself active, buy metabo ultramax online it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Buy metabo ultramax online Saddened that it happened, buy metabo ultramax online but the team kept going, buy metabo ultramax online so just got to keep moving forward, buy metabo ultramax online” Bolden said. Buy metabo ultramax online “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, buy metabo ultramax online 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 metabo ultramax online The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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

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

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



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Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, buy metabo ultramax online Ohio, buy metabo ultramax online and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, buy metabo ultramax online Canton is coming to you this week. Buy metabo ultramax online Well, buy metabo ultramax online at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Buy metabo ultramax online In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, buy metabo ultramax online the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, buy metabo ultramax online Andre Tippett, buy metabo ultramax online Nick Buoniconti, buy metabo ultramax online Mike Haynes, buy metabo ultramax online and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.

The weeklong celebration will culminate with Sunday night’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers, buy metabo ultramax online with Tippett, buy metabo ultramax online Haynes, buy metabo ultramax online and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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