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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

“It was a mistake. Olmesartan medoxomil Saddened that it happened, olmesartan medoxomil but the team kept going, olmesartan medoxomil so just got to keep moving forward, olmesartan medoxomil” Bolden said. Olmesartan medoxomil “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, olmesartan medoxomil 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. Olmesartan medoxomil The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

With the interception, olmesartan medoxomil the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, olmesartan medoxomil one behind the Chicago Bears. Olmesartan medoxomil Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



Early in the fourth quarter, olmesartan medoxomil Woodhead fumbled after catching a screen pass and being hit from behind by J.J. Olmesartan medoxomil Watt. Olmesartan medoxomil The ball flew into the end zone, olmesartan medoxomil 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, olmesartan medoxomil Ohio, olmesartan medoxomil and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, olmesartan medoxomil Canton is coming to you this week. Olmesartan medoxomil Well, olmesartan medoxomil at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Olmesartan medoxomil In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, olmesartan medoxomil the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, olmesartan medoxomil Andre Tippett, olmesartan medoxomil Nick Buoniconti, olmesartan medoxomil Mike Haynes, olmesartan medoxomil 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, olmesartan medoxomil with Tippett, olmesartan medoxomil Haynes, olmesartan medoxomil and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Olmesartan medoxomil Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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