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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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