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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, no rx insect repellant patch 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, no rx insect repellant patch receiver Brandon Lloyd never broke stride, no rx insect repellant patch blowing past the Texans who bit on the run possibility. No rx insect repellant patch He caught Brady’s pass without a defender near him, no rx insect repellant patch coasting into the end zone and pushing the Patriots’ lead to 14-0 in a game they would win handily, no rx insect repellant patch 42-14, no rx insect repellant patch Monday night at Gillette Stadium.

“That was definitely a scheme play, no rx insect repellant patch” Lloyd said. No rx insect repellant patch “We worked hard on that all week, no rx insect repellant patch and when the opportunity presented itself, no rx insect repellant patch Coach [Josh] McDaniels called it at the right time and we were able to take advantage of it.”

Lloyd took advantage of his opportunities, no rx insect repellant patch catching seven passes for 89 yards, no rx insect repellant patch his second-highest total of the season.

He scored two touchdowns, no rx insect repellant patch the second coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone, no rx insect repellant patch after Danny Woodhead lost the ball on a screen pass. No rx insect repellant patch The ball bounced forward, no rx insect repellant patch with Lloyd diving on it. No rx insect repellant patch Not how it’s drawn up, no rx insect repellant patch but the way the night went.

“Just a screen pass, no rx insect repellant patch we do our best to block downfield, no rx insect repellant patch and unfortunately the ball popped out, no rx insect repellant patch” Lloyd said. No rx insect repellant patch “But we were there to make the play.”

All lined up

Since the start of the season, no rx insect repellant patch the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, no rx insect repellant patch with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

For the first time in a month, no rx insect repellant patch and just the sixth time this season, no rx insect repellant patch the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, no rx insect repellant patch Logan Mankins at left guard, no rx insect repellant patch Ryan Wendell at center, no rx insect repellant patch Dan Connolly at right guard, no rx insect repellant patch and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

The group was made whole again with the return of Mankins, no rx insect repellant patch who had missed three consecutive games — and five of six — with ankle and calf injuries. No rx insect repellant patch He was back at practice last week, no rx insect repellant patch in a limited role, no rx insect repellant patch but was in the starting lineup Monday night, no rx insect repellant patch relegating Donald Thomas to reserve status.

Another key starter also returned from injury, no rx insect repellant patch with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, no rx insect repellant patch back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed his third straight game with a broken forearm. No rx insect repellant patch The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, no rx insect repellant patch defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, no rx insect repellant patch safety Derrick Martin, no rx insect repellant patch and fullback James Develin, no rx insect repellant patch who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. No rx insect repellant patch 28, no rx insect repellant patch but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, no rx insect repellant patch 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, no rx insect repellant patch a rookie from Mississippi, no rx insect repellant patch was suspended by the NFL on Nov. No rx insect repellant patch 9 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. No rx insect repellant patch He hadn’t played since Oct. No rx insect repellant patch 14 at Seattle, no rx insect repellant patch when he injured a knee against the Seahawks. No rx insect repellant patch The injury cost him two games, no rx insect repellant patch then the suspension added four more.

With 234 yards on 43 carries, no rx insect repellant patch Bolden came into the Texans game with the second-most rushing yards for the Patriots, no rx insect repellant patch and his 5.4-yard average led the team. No rx insect repellant patch Stevan Ridley has been the workhorse since Bolden was forced out, no rx insect repellant patch gaining 486 yards in the six games Bolden missed.

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, no rx insect repellant patch the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. No rx insect repellant patch But he was ready to talk after the game, no rx insect repellant patch in which he played on special teams and got two late carries for 11 yards.

“Felt good, no rx insect repellant patch” Bolden said. No rx insect repellant patch “Missing four weeks, no rx insect repellant patch you try not to get out of shape, no rx insect repellant patch you keep yourself active, no rx insect repellant patch it felt good getting out there for the first time.”

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. No rx insect repellant patch Saddened that it happened, no rx insect repellant patch but the team kept going, no rx insect repellant patch so just got to keep moving forward, no rx insect repellant patch” Bolden said. No rx insect repellant patch “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, no rx insect repellant patch 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. No rx insect repellant patch The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, no rx insect repellant patch the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, no rx insect repellant patch one behind the Chicago Bears. No rx insect repellant patch Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, no rx insect repellant patch we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, no rx insect repellant patch” McCourty said. No rx insect repellant patch “The biggest focus for us is just trying to build on that.”

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. No rx insect repellant patch Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, no rx insect repellant patch inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, no rx insect repellant patch but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. No rx insect repellant patch On the next play, no rx insect repellant patch Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.



Early in the fourth quarter, no rx insect repellant patch Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. No rx insect repellant patch Watt. No rx insect repellant patch The ball flew into the end zone, no rx insect repellant patch 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, no rx insect repellant patch Ohio, no rx insect repellant patch and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, no rx insect repellant patch Canton is coming to you this week. No rx insect repellant patch Well, no rx insect repellant patch at least it’s coming to Foxborough. No rx insect repellant patch In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, no rx insect repellant patch the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, no rx insect repellant patch Andre Tippett, no rx insect repellant patch Nick Buoniconti, no rx insect repellant patch Mike Haynes, no rx insect repellant patch and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.

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Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. No rx insect repellant patch Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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