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FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, order discount strontium bone maker online 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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All lined up

Since the start of the season, order discount strontium bone maker online the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, order discount strontium bone maker online 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 discount strontium bone maker 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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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 strontium bone maker 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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