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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, digestive support dogs free delivery catching seven passes for 89 yards, digestive support dogs free delivery his second-highest total of the season.

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

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All lined up

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, digestive support dogs free delivery with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, digestive support dogs free delivery back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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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. Digestive support dogs free delivery The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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



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Handing out Hall passes

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Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Digestive support dogs free delivery Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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