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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, melatonin online review 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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Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, melatonin online review catching seven passes for 89 yards, melatonin online review his second-highest total of the season.

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All lined up

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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



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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. Melatonin online review Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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