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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

“That was definitely a scheme play, order cheap chromonexin” Lloyd said. Order cheap chromonexin “We worked hard on that all week, order cheap chromonexin and when the opportunity presented itself, order cheap chromonexin 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 chromonexin catching seven passes for 89 yards, order cheap chromonexin his second-highest total of the season.

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

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

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, order cheap chromonexin and just the sixth time this season, order cheap chromonexin 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 chromonexin Logan Mankins at left guard, order cheap chromonexin Ryan Wendell at center, order cheap chromonexin Dan Connolly at right guard, order cheap chromonexin and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, order cheap chromonexin with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, order cheap chromonexin 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 chromonexin The other inactive players were offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Markus Zusevics, order cheap chromonexin defensive linemen Jake Bequette and Ron Brace, order cheap chromonexin safety Derrick Martin, order cheap chromonexin and fullback James Develin, order cheap chromonexin who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. Order cheap chromonexin 28, order cheap chromonexin but has yet to play.

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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