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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, januvia in canada catching seven passes for 89 yards, januvia in canada his second-highest total of the season.

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

“Just a screen pass, januvia in canada we do our best to block downfield, januvia in canada and unfortunately the ball popped out, januvia in canada” Lloyd said. Januvia in canada “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

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

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

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, januvia in canada with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, januvia in canada back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, januvia in canada 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, januvia in canada a rookie from Mississippi, januvia in canada was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Januvia in canada 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Januvia in canada He hadn’t played since Oct. Januvia in canada 14 at Seattle, januvia in canada when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Januvia in canada The injury cost him two games, januvia in canada then the suspension added four more.

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

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

“Felt good, januvia in canada” Bolden said. Januvia in canada “Missing four weeks, januvia in canada you try not to get out of shape, januvia in canada you keep yourself active, januvia in canada it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Januvia in canada Saddened that it happened, januvia in canada but the team kept going, januvia in canada so just got to keep moving forward, januvia in canada” Bolden said. Januvia in canada “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, januvia in canada make sure I don’t fall too far off.”

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. Januvia in canada The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, januvia in canada the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, januvia in canada one behind the Chicago Bears. Januvia in canada Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Handing out Hall passes

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Secondary injuries

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Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Januvia in canada Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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