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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, cyklokapron online review” Lloyd said. Cyklokapron online review “We worked hard on that all week, cyklokapron online review and when the opportunity presented itself, cyklokapron online review Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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