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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

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



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

Secondary injuries

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

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