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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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All lined up

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

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Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, find cheap cardizem 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.

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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. Find cheap cardizem The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Find cheap cardizem Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, find cheap cardizem inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, find cheap cardizem but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Find cheap cardizem On the next play, find cheap cardizem 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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