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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, find cheap methotrexate” Lloyd said. Find cheap methotrexate “We worked hard on that all week, find cheap methotrexate and when the opportunity presented itself, find cheap methotrexate 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 methotrexate catching seven passes for 89 yards, find cheap methotrexate his second-highest total of the season.

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

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All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, find cheap methotrexate and just the sixth time this season, find cheap methotrexate 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 methotrexate Logan Mankins at left guard, find cheap methotrexate Ryan Wendell at center, find cheap methotrexate Dan Connolly at right guard, find cheap methotrexate and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

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

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Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, find cheap methotrexate 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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With 234 yards on 43 carries, find cheap methotrexate Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, find cheap methotrexate and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Find cheap methotrexate Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, find cheap methotrexate gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

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

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

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

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