By Mike Fine, discount claritin The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, discount claritin Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
Lloyd had just resurrected himself with seven catches for 89 yards, discount claritin including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Discount claritin He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Discount claritin Two touchdowns in the biggest game of the season and Lloyd acted like he’d done nothing more than buy a can of Coke at 7-Eleven. Discount claritin It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, discount claritin he was asked?
“I don’t know, discount claritin” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, discount claritin he was reminded, discount claritin as if he didn't realize the Texans, discount claritin who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, discount claritin were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, discount claritin the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, discount claritin but we still have things we need to improve on, discount claritin” he said. Discount claritin “I think we had a great week of practice and we did the things that were necessary to come out and execute well and it was a team effort.”
Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, discount claritin which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Discount claritin It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, discount claritin the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, discount claritin Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Discount claritin Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, discount claritin and he was off for the end zone, discount claritin giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Discount claritin “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, discount claritin” he said, discount claritin “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, discount claritin and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, discount claritin” said coach Bill Belichick. Discount claritin “That was great protection, discount claritin great run fake, discount claritin and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Discount claritin The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, discount claritin but also for Lloyd. Discount claritin A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, discount claritin capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Discount claritin In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, discount claritin and even his ability to mesh with Brady, discount claritin so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Discount claritin Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Discount claritin He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, discount claritin either. Discount claritin “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, discount claritin we’re just executing the plays. Discount claritin I haven’t seen the film, discount claritin but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, discount claritin though, discount claritin and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, discount claritin only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, discount claritin Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, discount claritin” he said, discount claritin when asked about that play. Discount claritin “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Discount claritin Pretty much all I know right now. Discount claritin As long as it puts points on the board. Discount claritin It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, discount claritin not too low, discount claritin that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Discount claritin We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Discount claritin “I don’t know. Discount claritin I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, discount claritin” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.