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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, cheap mestinon online catching seven passes for 89 yards, cheap mestinon online his second-highest total of the season.

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, cheap mestinon online Ohio, cheap mestinon online and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, cheap mestinon online Canton is coming to you this week. Cheap mestinon online Well, cheap mestinon online at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Cheap mestinon online In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, cheap mestinon online the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, cheap mestinon online Andre Tippett, cheap mestinon online Nick Buoniconti, cheap mestinon online Mike Haynes, cheap mestinon 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 mestinon online with Tippett, cheap mestinon online Haynes, cheap mestinon online and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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