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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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All lined up

Since the start of the season, find discount accupril the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, find discount accupril 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 discount accupril 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 discount accupril 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 discount accupril Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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