By Mike Fine, order ayurslim The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, order ayurslim 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, order ayurslim including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Order ayurslim He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Order ayurslim 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. Order ayurslim It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, order ayurslim he was asked?
“I don’t know, order ayurslim” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, order ayurslim he was reminded, order ayurslim as if he didn't realize the Texans, order ayurslim who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, order ayurslim were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, order ayurslim the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, order ayurslim but we still have things we need to improve on, order ayurslim” he said. Order ayurslim “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, order ayurslim which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Order ayurslim It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, order ayurslim the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, order ayurslim Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Order ayurslim Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, order ayurslim and he was off for the end zone, order ayurslim giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Order ayurslim “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, order ayurslim” he said, order ayurslim “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, order ayurslim and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, order ayurslim” said coach Bill Belichick. Order ayurslim “That was great protection, order ayurslim great run fake, order ayurslim and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Order ayurslim The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, order ayurslim but also for Lloyd. Order ayurslim A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, order ayurslim capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Order ayurslim In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, order ayurslim and even his ability to mesh with Brady, order ayurslim so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Order ayurslim Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Order ayurslim He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, order ayurslim either. Order ayurslim “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, order ayurslim we’re just executing the plays. Order ayurslim I haven’t seen the film, order ayurslim but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, order ayurslim though, order ayurslim and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, order ayurslim only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, order ayurslim Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, order ayurslim” he said, order ayurslim when asked about that play. Order ayurslim “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Order ayurslim Pretty much all I know right now. Order ayurslim As long as it puts points on the board. Order ayurslim It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, order ayurslim not too low, order ayurslim that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Order ayurslim We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Order ayurslim “I don’t know. Order ayurslim I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, order ayurslim” he said.
Mike Fine may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.