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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff
FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, motilium in us 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, motilium in us receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, motilium in us blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. Motilium in us He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, motilium in us coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, motilium in us 42-14, motilium in us Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
“That was definitely a scheme play, motilium in us” Lloyd said. Motilium in us “We worked hard on that all week, motilium in us and when the opportunity presented itself, motilium in us Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”
Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, motilium in us catching seven passes for 89 yards, motilium in us his second-highest total of the season.
He scored two touchdowns, motilium in us the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, motilium in us after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. Motilium in us The ball bounced forward, motilium in us with Lloyd diving on it. Motilium in us Not how it’s drawn up, motilium in us but the way the night went.
“Just a screen pass, motilium in us we do our best to block downfield, motilium in us and unfortunately the ball popped out, motilium in us” Lloyd said. Motilium in us “But we were there to make the play.”
All lined up
Since the start of the season, motilium in us the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, motilium in us with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.
For the first time in a month, motilium in us and just the sixth time this season, motilium in us the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, motilium in us Logan Mankins at left guard, motilium in us Ryan Wendell at center, motilium in us Dan Connolly at right guard, motilium in us and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.
The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, motilium in us who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. Motilium in us He was back at practice last week, motilium in us in a limited role, motilium in us but was in the starting lineup Monday night, motilium in us relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.
Another key starter also returned from injury, motilium in us with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, motilium in us back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. Motilium in us The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, motilium in us defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, motilium in us safety Derrick Martin, motilium in us and fullback James Develin, motilium in us who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Motilium in us 28, motilium in us but has yet to play.
Bolden: Return man
The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, motilium in us 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, motilium in us a rookie from Mississippi, motilium in us was suspended by the NFL on Nov. Motilium in us 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Motilium in us He hadn’t played since Oct. Motilium in us 14 at Seattle, motilium in us when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. Motilium in us The injury cost him two games, motilium in us then the suspension added four more.
With 234 yards on 43 carries, motilium in us Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, motilium in us and his 5.4-yard average led the team. Motilium in us Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, motilium in us gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.
Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, motilium in us the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Motilium in us But he was ready to talk after the game, motilium in us in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.
“Felt good, motilium in us” Bolden said. Motilium in us “Missing four weeks, motilium in us you try not to get out of shape, motilium in us you keep yourself active, motilium in us it felt good getting out there for the first time.”
As for the suspension?
“It was a mistake. Motilium in us Saddened that it happened, motilium in us but the team kept going, motilium in us so just got to keep moving forward, motilium in us” Bolden said. Motilium in us “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, motilium in us 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. Motilium in us The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.
With the interception, motilium in us the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, motilium in us one behind the Chicago Bears. Motilium in us Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.
“We know we have a good defense here, motilium in us we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, motilium in us” McCourty said. Motilium in us “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”
Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Motilium in us Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, motilium in us inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, motilium in us but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Motilium in us On the next play, motilium in us Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.
Early in the fourth quarter, motilium in us Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Motilium in us Watt. Motilium in us The ball flew into the end zone, motilium in us 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, motilium in us Ohio, motilium in us and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, motilium in us Canton is coming to you this week. Motilium in us Well, motilium in us at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Motilium in us In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, motilium in us the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, motilium in us Andre Tippett, motilium in us Nick Buoniconti, motilium in us Mike Haynes, motilium in us 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, motilium in us with Tippett, motilium in us Haynes, motilium in us and Martin serving as honorary captains.
One downside to the Patriots’ victory was injuries to the defensive secondary. Motilium in us The Patriots announced injuries to Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring). Motilium in us Neither returned to the game after getting injured . Motilium in us . Motilium in us . Motilium in us With Julian Edelman out for the season with a foot injury, motilium in us Wes Welker took over the Patriots’ punt return duties. Motilium in us He returned four for 50 yards, motilium in us with a long of 31 . Motilium in us . Motilium in us . Motilium in us Welker also caught three passes, motilium in us pushing his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a catch to 107 . Motilium in us . Motilium in us . Motilium in us Donte Stallworth made the most of his return to the Patriots. Motilium in us He caught only one pass from Brady, motilium in us but the catch-and-run went for 63 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter, motilium in us making it 28-0. Motilium in us It was a case of practice makes perfect, motilium in us even if the practice had been a while ago. Motilium in us “That particular play is something we had worked on, motilium in us even in the spring, motilium in us’’ he said. Motilium in us “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. Motilium in us He put it up for me to catch it and that’s what I did.’’ . Motilium in us . Motilium in us . Motilium in us His team off until Wednesday, motilium in us Celtics coach Doc Rivers was spotted on the sideline observing pregame warmups, motilium in us wearing a Patriots red sweater and chatting up his Patriots counterpart, motilium in us Bill Belichick. Motilium in us Also in on the conversation: Boston sports fan Mark Wahlberg. Motilium in us Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was also at the game, motilium in us wearing a No. Motilium in us 83 Patriots jersey . Motilium in us . Motilium in us . Motilium in us The Patriots extended their December winning streak to 13 games, motilium in us dating to a 22-21 loss at Miami on Dec. Motilium in us 6, motilium in us 2009. Motilium in us It ties the Patriots for the second-longest such streak with the Dallas Cowboys, motilium in us who accomplished the feat from 1968-72. Motilium in us The record belongs to the San Diego Chargers, motilium in us winners of 18 straight from 2006-09. Motilium in us New England also has won 21 straight games in the second half of the regular season. Motilium in us The Patriots went 8-0 in the second half of 2010, motilium in us 8-0 in 2011, motilium in us and have won their first five this season. Motilium in us The last loss from the back half of the schedule came in the regular-season finale in 2009, motilium in us when the Patriots lost at Houston, motilium in us 34-27 … In a pre-game Twitter message, motilium in us self-described Patriots fan Donald Trump posted, motilium in us “Good Luck to Bob Kraft, motilium in us Tom Brady and Coach Bob Belichick tonight.” Needless to say, motilium in us the Donald got plenty of unwanted attention for his fumble . Motilium in us . Motilium in us . Motilium in us Keep an eye out for Jerod Mayo on Tuesday. Motilium in us He’ll be joining Subway spokesman Jared Fogle during multiple appearances around town, motilium in us thanking unassuming fans with a dozen acts of kindness.
Michael Whitmer can be reached at email@example.com. Motilium in us Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.