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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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