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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

For the first time in a month, order discount avapro and just the sixth time this season, order discount avapro the Patriots began the game with the five players who are designated by the team as its starters: Nate Solder at left tackle, order discount avapro Logan Mankins at left guard, order discount avapro Ryan Wendell at center, order discount avapro Dan Connolly at right guard, order discount avapro and Sebastian Vollmer at right tackle.

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

Another key starter also returned from injury, order discount avapro with rookie defensive end Chandler Jones, order discount avapro back after sitting out two games with an ankle injury.

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

As for the suspension?

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

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

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

Even when the Patriots fumbled the bounces went their way. Order discount avapro Ridley lost the ball on the Patriots’ first drive of the game, order discount avapro inside the Texans’ 5-yard-line, order discount avapro but Aaron Hernandez jumped on it to extend the drive. Order discount avapro On the next play, order discount avapro 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 discount avapro Ohio, order discount avapro and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, order discount avapro Canton is coming to you this week. Order discount avapro Well, order discount avapro at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Order discount avapro In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, order discount avapro the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, order discount avapro Andre Tippett, order discount avapro Nick Buoniconti, order discount avapro Mike Haynes, order discount avapro 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 discount avapro with Tippett, order discount avapro Haynes, order discount avapro and Martin serving as honorary captains.

Secondary injuries

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

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

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