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FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, find lasuna online Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
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Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, find lasuna online which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Find lasuna online It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
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As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, find lasuna online we’re just executing the plays. Find lasuna online I haven’t seen the film, find lasuna online but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
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Not too high, find lasuna online not too low, find lasuna online that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Find lasuna online We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Find lasuna online “I don’t know. Find lasuna online I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, find lasuna online” he said.
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