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