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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, find discount l glutamine with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, find discount l glutamine 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 l glutamine The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, find discount l glutamine defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, find discount l glutamine safety Derrick Martin, find discount l glutamine and fullback James Develin, find discount l glutamine who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Find discount l glutamine 28, find discount l glutamine but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, find discount l glutamine 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 discount l glutamine the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Find discount l glutamine But he was ready to talk after the game, find discount l glutamine 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 discount l glutamine The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, find discount l glutamine the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, find discount l glutamine one behind the Chicago Bears. Find discount l glutamine 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 discount l glutamine Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, find discount l glutamine inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, find discount l glutamine but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Find discount l glutamine On the next play, find discount l glutamine 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 discount l glutamine Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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