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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

With the interception, order cheap bupropion the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, order cheap bupropion one behind the Chicago Bears. Order cheap bupropion Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Order cheap bupropion Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.

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