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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

“Felt good, discount cialis” Bolden said. Discount cialis “Missing four weeks, discount cialis you try not to get out of shape, discount cialis you keep yourself active, discount cialis 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. Discount cialis The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, discount cialis the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, discount cialis one behind the Chicago Bears. Discount cialis Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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Handing out Hall passes

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Secondary injuries

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Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Discount cialis Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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