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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



Early in the fourth quarter, buy skelaxin online Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Buy skelaxin online Watt. Buy skelaxin online The ball flew into the end zone, buy skelaxin 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 skelaxin online Ohio, buy skelaxin online and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, buy skelaxin online Canton is coming to you this week. Buy skelaxin online Well, buy skelaxin online at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Buy skelaxin online In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, buy skelaxin online the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, buy skelaxin online Andre Tippett, buy skelaxin online Nick Buoniconti, buy skelaxin online Mike Haynes, buy skelaxin 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 skelaxin online with Tippett, buy skelaxin online Haynes, buy skelaxin online and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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