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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, find no rx acai 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 no rx acai receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, find no rx acai blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Find no rx acai He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, find no rx acai coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, find no rx acai 42-14, find no rx acai Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

“That was definitely a scheme play, find no rx acai” Lloyd said. Find no rx acai “We worked hard on that all week, find no rx acai and when the opportunity presented itself, find no rx acai 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 no rx acai catching seven passes for 89 yards, find no rx acai his second-highest total of the season.

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All lined up

Since the start of the season, find no rx acai the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, find no rx acai with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

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Another key starter also returned from injury, find no rx acai with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, find no rx acai back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Find no rx acai The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, find no rx acai defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, find no rx acai safety Derrick Martin, find no rx acai and fullback James Develin, find no rx acai who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Find no rx acai 28, find no rx acai but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, find no rx acai 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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With 234 yards on 43 carries, find no rx acai Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, find no rx acai and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Find no rx acai Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, find no rx acai gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, find no rx acai the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Find no rx acai But he was ready to talk after the game, find no rx acai in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

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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 no rx acai The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, find no rx acai the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, find no rx acai one behind the Chicago Bears. Find no rx acai 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 no rx acai Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, find no rx acai inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, find no rx acai but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Find no rx acai On the next play, find no rx acai 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 no rx acai Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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