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FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, find depakote cod Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
Lloyd had just resurrected himself with seven catches for 89 yards, find depakote cod including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Find depakote cod He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Find depakote cod Two touchdowns in the biggest game of the season and Lloyd acted like he’d done nothing more than buy a can of Coke at 7-Eleven. Find depakote cod It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, find depakote cod he was asked?
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“Obviously, find depakote cod the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, find depakote cod but we still have things we need to improve on, find depakote cod” he said. Find depakote cod “I think we had a great week of practice and we did the things that were necessary to come out and execute well and it was a team effort.”
Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, find depakote cod which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Find depakote cod It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
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There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, find depakote cod and even his ability to mesh with Brady, find depakote cod so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Find depakote cod Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Find depakote cod He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, find depakote cod either. Find depakote cod “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, find depakote cod we’re just executing the plays. Find depakote cod I haven’t seen the film, find depakote cod but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
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“I don’t know, find depakote cod” he said, find depakote cod when asked about that play. Find depakote cod “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Find depakote cod Pretty much all I know right now. Find depakote cod As long as it puts points on the board. Find depakote cod It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, find depakote cod not too low, find depakote cod that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Find depakote cod We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Find depakote cod “I don’t know. Find depakote cod I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, find depakote cod” he said.
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