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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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All lined up

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Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, find cheap compazine 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 compazine The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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Handing out Hall passes

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Secondary injuries

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Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Find cheap compazine Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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