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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

“Felt good, echinacea online review” Bolden said. Echinacea online review “Missing four weeks, echinacea online review you try not to get out of shape, echinacea online review you keep yourself active, echinacea online review it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Echinacea online review Saddened that it happened, echinacea online review but the team kept going, echinacea online review so just got to keep moving forward, echinacea online review” Bolden said. Echinacea online review “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, echinacea online review make sure I don’t fall too far off.”

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. Echinacea online review The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, echinacea online review the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, echinacea online review one behind the Chicago Bears. Echinacea online review Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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