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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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All lined up

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

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, order cheap foradil 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.

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

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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 foradil The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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Handing out Hall passes

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

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Secondary injuries

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

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