By Mike Fine, free lanoxin The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, free lanoxin 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, free lanoxin including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Free lanoxin He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Free lanoxin 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. Free lanoxin It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, free lanoxin he was asked?
“I don’t know, free lanoxin” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, free lanoxin he was reminded, free lanoxin as if he didn't realize the Texans, free lanoxin who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, free lanoxin were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, free lanoxin the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, free lanoxin but we still have things we need to improve on, free lanoxin” he said. Free lanoxin “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, free lanoxin which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Free lanoxin It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, free lanoxin the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, free lanoxin Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Free lanoxin Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, free lanoxin and he was off for the end zone, free lanoxin giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Free lanoxin “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, free lanoxin” he said, free lanoxin “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, free lanoxin and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, free lanoxin” said coach Bill Belichick. Free lanoxin “That was great protection, free lanoxin great run fake, free lanoxin and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Free lanoxin The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, free lanoxin but also for Lloyd. Free lanoxin A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, free lanoxin capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Free lanoxin In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, free lanoxin and even his ability to mesh with Brady, free lanoxin so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Free lanoxin Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Free lanoxin He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, free lanoxin either. Free lanoxin “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, free lanoxin we’re just executing the plays. Free lanoxin I haven’t seen the film, free lanoxin but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, free lanoxin though, free lanoxin and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, free lanoxin only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, free lanoxin Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, free lanoxin” he said, free lanoxin when asked about that play. Free lanoxin “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Free lanoxin Pretty much all I know right now. Free lanoxin As long as it puts points on the board. Free lanoxin It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, free lanoxin not too low, free lanoxin that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Free lanoxin We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Free lanoxin “I don’t know. Free lanoxin I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, free lanoxin” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.