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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, find discount female passion strips catching seven passes for 89 yards, find discount female passion strips his second-highest total of the season.

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

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All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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