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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

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“It was a mistake. Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online Saddened that it happened, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online but the team kept going, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online so just got to keep moving forward, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online” Bolden said. Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online “Worked as hard as I could for as long as I could, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs 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 hip & joint chews small dogs 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 hip & joint chews small dogs online the Patriots have now forced 34 takeaways, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online one behind the Chicago Bears. Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online Their plus-24 turnover differential continues to lead the league.

“We know we have a good defense here, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online” McCourty said. Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs 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 hip & joint chews small dogs online Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online On the next play, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online 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 hip & joint chews small dogs online Ohio, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online Canton is coming to you this week. Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online Well, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online Andre Tippett, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online Nick Buoniconti, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online Mike Haynes, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs 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 hip & joint chews small dogs online with Tippett, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online Haynes, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

One downside to the Patriots’ victory was injuries to the defensive secondary. Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online The Patriots announced injuries to Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring). Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online Neither returned to the game after getting injured . Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online . Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online . Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online With Julian Edelman out for the season with a foot injury, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online Wes Welker took over the Patriots’ punt return duties. Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online He returned four for 50 yards, order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online with a long of 31 . Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online . Order cheap hip & joint chews small dogs online . 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