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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, order cheap rumalaya but the Patriots were fully aware of the attention given to the Houston Texans and their preference for play-action passes on offense.

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

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All lined up

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

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Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, order cheap rumalaya 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 rumalaya the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Order cheap rumalaya But he was ready to talk after the game, order cheap rumalaya 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 rumalaya 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 rumalaya Ohio, order cheap rumalaya and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, order cheap rumalaya Canton is coming to you this week. Order cheap rumalaya Well, order cheap rumalaya at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Order cheap rumalaya In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, order cheap rumalaya the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, order cheap rumalaya Andre Tippett, order cheap rumalaya Nick Buoniconti, order cheap rumalaya Mike Haynes, order cheap rumalaya and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.

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Secondary injuries

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