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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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All lined up

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

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

Bolden declined interview requests Saturday, order epivir hbv online the first time he had been spotted in the locker room since the suspension was announced. Order epivir hbv online But he was ready to talk after the game, order epivir hbv 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 epivir hbv online The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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

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

Secondary injuries

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