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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

“We know we have a good defense here, order cheap zocor online we’ve played really well the last couple of weeks, order cheap zocor online” McCourty said. Order cheap zocor 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 zocor online Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, order cheap zocor online inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, order cheap zocor online but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Order cheap zocor online On the next play, order cheap zocor online Hernandez caught a 7-yard touchdown pass.



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

Secondary injuries

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

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