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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, cheap anabolic fusion online but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

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All lined up

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Bolden: Return man

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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. Cheap anabolic fusion online The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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