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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, buy sarafem online and just the sixth time this season, buy sarafem 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 sarafem online Logan Mankins at left guard, buy sarafem online Ryan Wendell at center, buy sarafem online Dan Connolly at right guard, buy sarafem online and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, buy sarafem online with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, buy sarafem 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 sarafem online The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, buy sarafem online defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, buy sarafem online safety Derrick Martin, buy sarafem online and fullback James Develin, buy sarafem online who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Buy sarafem online 28, buy sarafem online but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



Early in the fourth quarter, buy sarafem online Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Buy sarafem online Watt. Buy sarafem online The ball flew into the end zone, buy sarafem online with Lloyd diving on it for an unlikely touchdown.

Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, buy sarafem online Ohio, buy sarafem online and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, buy sarafem online Canton is coming to you this week. Buy sarafem online Well, buy sarafem online at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Buy sarafem online In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, buy sarafem online the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, buy sarafem online Andre Tippett, buy sarafem online Nick Buoniconti, buy sarafem online Mike Haynes, buy sarafem 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 sarafem online with Tippett, buy sarafem online Haynes, buy sarafem online and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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