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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

“Just a screen pass, find discount procardia we do our best to block downfield, find discount procardia and unfortunately the ball popped out, find discount procardia” Lloyd said. Find discount procardia “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, find discount procardia 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.

Bolden, find discount procardia a rookie from Mississippi, find discount procardia was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Find discount procardia 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Find discount procardia He hadn’t played since Oct. Find discount procardia 14 at Seattle, find discount procardia when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Find discount procardia The injury cost him two games, find discount procardia then the suspension added four more.

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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 procardia 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 procardia Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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