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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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Handing out Hall passes

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, order cheap femcare Ohio, order cheap femcare and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, order cheap femcare Canton is coming to you this week. Order cheap femcare Well, order cheap femcare at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Order cheap femcare In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, order cheap femcare the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, order cheap femcare Andre Tippett, order cheap femcare Nick Buoniconti, order cheap femcare Mike Haynes, order cheap femcare 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 femcare with Tippett, order cheap femcare Haynes, order cheap femcare and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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

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