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By Mike Fine, find micardis The Patriot Ledger

FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, find micardis Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

Lloyd had just resurrected himself with seven catches for 89 yards, find micardis including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Find micardis He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Find micardis Two touchdowns in the biggest game of the season and Lloyd acted like he’d done nothing more than buy a can of Coke at 7-Eleven. Find micardis It just wasn’t a big deal.

What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, find micardis he was asked?

“I don’t know, find micardis” he said.

It means you’re pretty good, find micardis he was reminded, find micardis as if he didn't realize the Texans, find micardis who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, find micardis were just another game on the schedule.

“Obviously, find micardis the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, find micardis but we still have things we need to improve on, find micardis” he said. Find micardis “I think we had a great week of practice and we did the things that were necessary to come out and execute well and it was a team effort.”

Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, find micardis which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Find micardis It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.

At 2:49 of the first quarter, find micardis the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, find micardis Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Find micardis Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, find micardis and he was off for the end zone, find micardis giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Find micardis “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, find micardis” he said, find micardis “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, find micardis and we were able to take advantage of it.”

“That was well executed, find micardis” said coach Bill Belichick. Find micardis “That was great protection, find micardis great run fake, find micardis and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Find micardis The players did a good job on that.”

Not only was it big for the team, find micardis but also for Lloyd. Find micardis A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, find micardis capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Find micardis In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.

There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, find micardis and even his ability to mesh with Brady, find micardis so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Find micardis Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Find micardis He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, find micardis either. Find micardis “I don’t know how many yards I had.”

As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, find micardis we’re just executing the plays. Find micardis I haven’t seen the film, find micardis but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”

Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, find micardis though, find micardis and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, find micardis only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, find micardis Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.

“I don’t know, find micardis” he said, find micardis when asked about that play. Find micardis “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Find micardis Pretty much all I know right now. Find micardis As long as it puts points on the board. Find micardis It doesn’t really matter how they come.”

Not too high, find micardis not too low, find micardis that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Find micardis We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Find micardis “I don’t know. Find micardis I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, find micardis” he said.

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