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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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

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