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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, free viagra professional but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

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All lined up

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Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, free viagra professional 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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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. Free viagra professional The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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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. Free viagra professional Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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