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By Mike Fine, no rx omnicef The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, no rx omnicef Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
Lloyd had just resurrected himself with seven catches for 89 yards, no rx omnicef including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. No rx omnicef He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. No rx omnicef Two touchdowns in the biggest game of the season and Lloyd acted like he’d done nothing more than buy a can of Coke at 7-Eleven. No rx omnicef It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, no rx omnicef he was asked?
“I don’t know, no rx omnicef” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, no rx omnicef he was reminded, no rx omnicef as if he didn't realize the Texans, no rx omnicef who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, no rx omnicef were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, no rx omnicef the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, no rx omnicef but we still have things we need to improve on, no rx omnicef” he said. No rx omnicef “I think we had a great week of practice and we did the things that were necessary to come out and execute well and it was a team effort.”
Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, no rx omnicef which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. No rx omnicef It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, no rx omnicef the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, no rx omnicef Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. No rx omnicef Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, no rx omnicef and he was off for the end zone, no rx omnicef giving the Pats a 14-0 start. No rx omnicef “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, no rx omnicef” he said, no rx omnicef “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, no rx omnicef and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, no rx omnicef” said coach Bill Belichick. No rx omnicef “That was great protection, no rx omnicef great run fake, no rx omnicef and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. No rx omnicef The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, no rx omnicef but also for Lloyd. No rx omnicef A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, no rx omnicef capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. No rx omnicef In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, no rx omnicef and even his ability to mesh with Brady, no rx omnicef so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. No rx omnicef Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. No rx omnicef He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, no rx omnicef either. No rx omnicef “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, no rx omnicef we’re just executing the plays. No rx omnicef I haven’t seen the film, no rx omnicef but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, no rx omnicef though, no rx omnicef and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, no rx omnicef only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, no rx omnicef Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, no rx omnicef” he said, no rx omnicef when asked about that play. No rx omnicef “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. No rx omnicef Pretty much all I know right now. No rx omnicef As long as it puts points on the board. No rx omnicef It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, no rx omnicef not too low, no rx omnicef that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. No rx omnicef We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. No rx omnicef “I don’t know. No rx omnicef I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, no rx omnicef” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at email@example.com.