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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, order discount rimonabant 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.

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

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, order discount rimonabant online the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Order discount rimonabant online But he was ready to talk after the game, order discount rimonabant online 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 discount rimonabant 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

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Secondary injuries

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