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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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

All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

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

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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 ditropan online 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 discount ditropan online Ohio, order discount ditropan online and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, order discount ditropan online Canton is coming to you this week. Order discount ditropan online Well, order discount ditropan online at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Order discount ditropan online In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, order discount ditropan online the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, order discount ditropan online Andre Tippett, order discount ditropan online Nick Buoniconti, order discount ditropan online Mike Haynes, order discount ditropan online and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.

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Secondary injuries

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