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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, how viagra works 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, how viagra works receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, how viagra works blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. How viagra works He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, how viagra works coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, how viagra works 42-14, how viagra works Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

“That was definitely a scheme play, how viagra works” Lloyd said. How viagra works “We worked hard on that all week, how viagra works and when the opportunity presented itself, how viagra works Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, how viagra works catching seven passes for 89 yards, how viagra works his second-highest total of the season.

He scored two touchdowns, how viagra works the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, how viagra works after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. How viagra works The ball bounced forward, how viagra works with Lloyd diving on it. How viagra works Not how it’s drawn up, how viagra works but the way the night went.

“Just a screen pass, how viagra works we do our best to block downfield, how viagra works and unfortunately the ball popped out, how viagra works” Lloyd said. How viagra works “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

Since the start of the season, how viagra works the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, how viagra works with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

For the first time in a month, how viagra works and just the sixth time this season, how viagra works the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, how viagra works Logan Mankins at left guard, how viagra works Ryan Wendell at center, how viagra works Dan Connolly at right guard, how viagra works and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, how viagra works who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. How viagra works He was back at practice last week, how viagra works in a limited role, how viagra works but was in the starting lineup Monday night, how viagra works relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.

Another key starter also returned from injury, how viagra works with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, how viagra works back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. How viagra works The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, how viagra works defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, how viagra works safety Derrick Martin, how viagra works and fullback James Develin, how viagra works who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. How viagra works 28, how viagra works but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, how viagra works 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.

Bolden, how viagra works a rookie from Mississippi, how viagra works was suspended by the NFL on Nov. How viagra works 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. How viagra works He hadn’t played since Oct. How viagra works 14 at Seattle, how viagra works when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. How viagra works The injury cost him two games, how viagra works then the suspension added four more.

With 234 yards on 43 carries, how viagra works Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, how viagra works and his 5.4-yard average led the team. How viagra works Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, how viagra works gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, how viagra works the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. How viagra works But he was ready to talk after the game, how viagra works in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

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As for the 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. How viagra works The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, how viagra works the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, how viagra works one behind the Chicago Bears. How viagra works Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, how viagra works we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, how viagra works” McCourty said. How viagra works “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. How viagra works Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, how viagra works inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, how viagra works but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. How viagra works On the next play, how viagra works Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.



Early in the fourth quarter, how viagra works Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. How viagra works Watt. How viagra works The ball flew into the end zone, how viagra works with Lloyd diving on it for an unlikely touchdown.

Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, how viagra works Ohio, how viagra works and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, how viagra works Canton is coming to you this week. How viagra works Well, how viagra works at least it’s coming to Foxborough. How viagra works In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, how viagra works the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, how viagra works Andre Tippett, how viagra works Nick Buoniconti, how viagra works Mike Haynes, how viagra works and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.

The weeklong celebration will culminate with Sunday night’s home game against the San Francisco 49ers, how viagra works with Tippett, how viagra works Haynes, how viagra works and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

One downside to the Patriots’ victory was injuries to the defensive secondary. How viagra works The Patriots announced injuries to Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring). How viagra works Neither returned to the game after getting injured . How viagra works . How viagra works . How viagra works With Julian Edelman out for the season with a foot injury, how viagra works Wes Welker took over the Patriots’ punt return duties. How viagra works He returned four for 50 yards, how viagra works with a long of 31 . How viagra works . How viagra works . How viagra works Welker also caught three passes, how viagra works pushing his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a catch to 107 . How viagra works . How viagra works . How viagra works Donte Stallworth made the most of his return to the Patriots. How viagra works He caught only one pass from Brady, how viagra works but the catch-and-run went for 63 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter, how viagra works making it 28-0. How viagra works It was a case of practice makes perfect, how viagra works even if the practice had been a while ago. How viagra works “That particular play is something we had worked on, how viagra works even in the spring, how viagra works’’ he said. How viagra works “It was just an opportunity where they were kind of flat-footed and it gave me an opportunity to run by the guy and Tommy made a great throw. How viagra works He put it up for me to catch it and that’s what I did.’’ . How viagra works . How viagra works . How viagra works His team off until Wednesday, how viagra works Celtics coach Doc Rivers was spotted on the sideline observing pregame warmups, how viagra works wearing a Patriots red sweater and chatting up his Patriots counterpart, how viagra works Bill Belichick. How viagra works Also in on the conversation: Boston sports fan Mark Wahlberg. How viagra works Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was also at the game, how viagra works wearing a No. How viagra works 83 Patriots jersey . How viagra works . How viagra works . How viagra works The Patriots extended their December winning streak to 13 games, how viagra works dating to a 22-21 loss at Miami on Dec. How viagra works 6, how viagra works 2009. How viagra works It ties the Patriots for the second-longest such streak with the Dallas Cowboys, how viagra works who accomplished the feat from 1968-72. How viagra works The record belongs to the San Diego Chargers, how viagra works winners of 18 straight from 2006-09. How viagra works New England also has won 21 straight games in the second half of the regular season. How viagra works The Patriots went 8-0 in the second half of 2010, how viagra works 8-0 in 2011, how viagra works and have won their first five this season. How viagra works The last loss from the back half of the schedule came in the regular-season finale in 2009, how viagra works when the Patriots lost at Houston, how viagra works 34-27 … In a pre-game Twitter message, how viagra works self-described Patriots fan Donald Trump posted, how viagra works “Good Luck to Bob Kraft, how viagra works Tom Brady and Coach Bob Belichick tonight.” Needless to say, how viagra works the Donald got plenty of unwanted attention for his fumble . How viagra works . How viagra works . How viagra works Keep an eye out for Jerod Mayo on Tuesday. How viagra works He’ll be joining Subway spokesman Jared Fogle during multiple appearances around town, how viagra works thanking unassuming fans with a dozen acts of kindness.

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. How viagra works Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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