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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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All lined up

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

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

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Another key starter also returned from injury, find cheap luvox with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, find cheap luvox back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, find cheap luvox 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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Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, find cheap luvox the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Find cheap luvox But he was ready to talk after the game, find cheap luvox in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

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

With the interception, find cheap luvox the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, find cheap luvox one behind the Chicago Bears. Find cheap luvox Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Find cheap luvox Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, find cheap luvox inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, find cheap luvox but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Find cheap luvox On the next play, find cheap luvox 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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Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Find cheap luvox Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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