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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Cheap sinemet online Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, cheap sinemet online inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, cheap sinemet online but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Cheap sinemet online On the next play, cheap sinemet 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 sinemet online Ohio, cheap sinemet online and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, cheap sinemet online Canton is coming to you this week. Cheap sinemet online Well, cheap sinemet online at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Cheap sinemet online In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, cheap sinemet online the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, cheap sinemet online Andre Tippett, cheap sinemet online Nick Buoniconti, cheap sinemet online Mike Haynes, cheap sinemet 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 sinemet online with Tippett, cheap sinemet online Haynes, cheap sinemet online and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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

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