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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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