By Mike Fine, find zyban The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, find zyban 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 zyban including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Find zyban He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Find zyban 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 zyban It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, find zyban he was asked?
“I don’t know, find zyban” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, find zyban he was reminded, find zyban as if he didn't realize the Texans, find zyban who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, find zyban were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, find zyban 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 zyban but we still have things we need to improve on, find zyban” he said. Find zyban “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 zyban which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Find zyban It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, find zyban the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, find zyban Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Find zyban Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, find zyban and he was off for the end zone, find zyban giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Find zyban “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, find zyban” he said, find zyban “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 zyban and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, find zyban” said coach Bill Belichick. Find zyban “That was great protection, find zyban great run fake, find zyban and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Find zyban The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, find zyban but also for Lloyd. Find zyban A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, find zyban capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Find zyban 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 zyban and even his ability to mesh with Brady, find zyban so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Find zyban Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Find zyban He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, find zyban either. Find zyban “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, find zyban we’re just executing the plays. Find zyban I haven’t seen the film, find zyban but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, find zyban though, find zyban and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, find zyban only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, find zyban Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, find zyban” he said, find zyban when asked about that play. Find zyban “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Find zyban Pretty much all I know right now. Find zyban As long as it puts points on the board. Find zyban It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, find zyban not too low, find zyban that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Find zyban We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Find zyban “I don’t know. Find zyban I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, find zyban” he said.
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