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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, cheap depo medrol online the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, cheap depo medrol online one behind the Chicago Bears. Cheap depo medrol online Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

One downside to the Patriots’ victory was injuries to the defensive secondary. Cheap depo medrol online The Patriots announced injuries to Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring). Cheap depo medrol online Neither returned to the game after getting injured . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online With Julian Edelman out for the season with a foot injury, cheap depo medrol online Wes Welker took over the Patriots’ punt return duties. Cheap depo medrol online He returned four for 50 yards, cheap depo medrol online with a long of 31 . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online Welker also caught three passes, cheap depo medrol online pushing his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a catch to 107 . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online Donte Stallworth made the most of his return to the Patriots. Cheap depo medrol online He caught only one pass from Brady, cheap depo medrol online but the catch-and-run went for 63 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter, cheap depo medrol online making it 28-0. Cheap depo medrol online It was a case of practice makes perfect, cheap depo medrol online even if the practice had been a while ago. Cheap depo medrol online “That particular play is something we had worked on, cheap depo medrol online even in the spring, cheap depo medrol online’’ he said. Cheap depo medrol online “It was just an opportunity where they were kind of flat-footed and it gave me an opportunity to run by the guy and Tommy made a great throw. Cheap depo medrol online He put it up for me to catch it and that’s what I did.’’ . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online His team off until Wednesday, cheap depo medrol online Celtics coach Doc Rivers was spotted on the sideline observing pregame warmups, cheap depo medrol online wearing a Patriots red sweater and chatting up his Patriots counterpart, cheap depo medrol online Bill Belichick. Cheap depo medrol online Also in on the conversation: Boston sports fan Mark Wahlberg. Cheap depo medrol online Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was also at the game, cheap depo medrol online wearing a No. Cheap depo medrol online 83 Patriots jersey . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online The Patriots extended their December winning streak to 13 games, cheap depo medrol online dating to a 22-21 loss at Miami on Dec. Cheap depo medrol online 6, cheap depo medrol online 2009. Cheap depo medrol online It ties the Patriots for the second-longest such streak with the Dallas Cowboys, cheap depo medrol online who accomplished the feat from 1968-72. Cheap depo medrol online The record belongs to the San Diego Chargers, cheap depo medrol online winners of 18 straight from 2006-09. Cheap depo medrol online New England also has won 21 straight games in the second half of the regular season. Cheap depo medrol online The Patriots went 8-0 in the second half of 2010, cheap depo medrol online 8-0 in 2011, cheap depo medrol online and have won their first five this season. Cheap depo medrol online The last loss from the back half of the schedule came in the regular-season finale in 2009, cheap depo medrol online when the Patriots lost at Houston, cheap depo medrol online 34-27 … In a pre-game Twitter message, cheap depo medrol online self-described Patriots fan Donald Trump posted, cheap depo medrol online “Good Luck to Bob Kraft, cheap depo medrol online Tom Brady and Coach Bob Belichick tonight.” Needless to say, cheap depo medrol online the Donald got plenty of unwanted attention for his fumble . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online . Cheap depo medrol online Keep an eye out for Jerod Mayo on Tuesday. Cheap depo medrol online He’ll be joining Subway spokesman Jared Fogle during multiple appearances around town, cheap depo medrol online thanking unassuming fans with a dozen acts of kindness.

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