By Mike Fine, discount menosan The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, discount menosan 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 menosan including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Discount menosan He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Discount menosan 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 menosan It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, discount menosan he was asked?
“I don’t know, discount menosan” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, discount menosan he was reminded, discount menosan as if he didn't realize the Texans, discount menosan who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, discount menosan were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, discount menosan 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 menosan but we still have things we need to improve on, discount menosan” he said. Discount menosan “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 menosan which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Discount menosan It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, discount menosan the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, discount menosan Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Discount menosan Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, discount menosan and he was off for the end zone, discount menosan giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Discount menosan “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, discount menosan” he said, discount menosan “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 menosan and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, discount menosan” said coach Bill Belichick. Discount menosan “That was great protection, discount menosan great run fake, discount menosan and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Discount menosan The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, discount menosan but also for Lloyd. Discount menosan A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, discount menosan capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Discount menosan 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 menosan and even his ability to mesh with Brady, discount menosan so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Discount menosan Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Discount menosan He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, discount menosan either. Discount menosan “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, discount menosan we’re just executing the plays. Discount menosan I haven’t seen the film, discount menosan but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, discount menosan though, discount menosan and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, discount menosan only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, discount menosan Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, discount menosan” he said, discount menosan when asked about that play. Discount menosan “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Discount menosan Pretty much all I know right now. Discount menosan As long as it puts points on the board. Discount menosan It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, discount menosan not too low, discount menosan that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Discount menosan We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Discount menosan “I don’t know. Discount menosan I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, discount menosan” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.