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FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, find zerit cod 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 zerit cod including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Find zerit cod He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Find zerit cod 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 zerit cod It just wasn’t a big deal.
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“Obviously, find zerit cod 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 zerit cod but we still have things we need to improve on, find zerit cod” he said. Find zerit cod “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 zerit cod which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Find zerit cod It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, find zerit cod the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, find zerit cod Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Find zerit cod Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, find zerit cod and he was off for the end zone, find zerit cod giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Find zerit cod “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, find zerit cod” he said, find zerit cod “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 zerit cod and we were able to take advantage of it.”
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Not only was it big for the team, find zerit cod but also for Lloyd. Find zerit cod A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, find zerit cod capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Find zerit cod 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 zerit cod and even his ability to mesh with Brady, find zerit cod so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Find zerit cod Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Find zerit cod He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, find zerit cod either. Find zerit cod “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, find zerit cod we’re just executing the plays. Find zerit cod I haven’t seen the film, find zerit cod but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
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Not too high, find zerit cod not too low, find zerit cod that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Find zerit cod We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Find zerit cod “I don’t know. Find zerit cod I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, find zerit cod” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.