By Mike Fine, order famvir The Patriot Ledger
FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, order famvir Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
Lloyd had just resurrected himself with seven catches for 89 yards, order famvir including a season-best 37-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. Order famvir He even recovered a fumble in the end zone to cement the game early in the fourth quarter. Order famvir Two touchdowns in the biggest game of the season and Lloyd acted like he’d done nothing more than buy a can of Coke at 7-Eleven. Order famvir It just wasn’t a big deal.
What does the win – the Pats’ seventh straight – say about the team, order famvir he was asked?
“I don’t know, order famvir” he said.
It means you’re pretty good, order famvir he was reminded, order famvir as if he didn't realize the Texans, order famvir who were 11-1 and had also won six straight, order famvir were just another game on the schedule.
“Obviously, order famvir the Texans are a good football team and we did a pretty good job of executing for the first half for the most part, order famvir but we still have things we need to improve on, order famvir” he said. Order famvir “I think we had a great week of practice and we did the things that were necessary to come out and execute well and it was a team effort.”
Lloyd was obviously practicing the Patriots’ way of saying something but saying nothing, order famvir which is a shame since he was quite enthusiastic earlier in the season. Order famvir It was a shame because he certainly had something to celebrate after this decisive win.
At 2:49 of the first quarter, order famvir the Pats having scored on a Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 7-yard pass, order famvir Lloyd headed out into the flats and kept on running. Order famvir Brady lofted a perfectly arched ball that fell into Lloyd’s hands, order famvir and he was off for the end zone, order famvir giving the Pats a 14-0 start. Order famvir “Yeah that was definitely a scheme play, order famvir” he said, order famvir “and we worked hard on that all week and when the opportunity presented itself and coach (Josh) McDaniels called it at the right time, order famvir and we were able to take advantage of it.”
“That was well executed, order famvir” said coach Bill Belichick. Order famvir “That was great protection, order famvir great run fake, order famvir and Brandon got a couple of steps behind the secondary and Tom hit him. Order famvir The players did a good job on that.”
Not only was it big for the team, order famvir but also for Lloyd. Order famvir A week earlier he’d been targeted only once, order famvir capping a six-game string of games in which he came up with only 16 receptions. Order famvir In the first six games of the season he came up with 34.
There were questions about his ability to create separation from defenders, order famvir and even his ability to mesh with Brady, order famvir so this performance seemed to slam the door on those thoughts. Order famvir Yet Lloyd said he had no idea how involved he’d be for this game. Order famvir He said he had no thoughts about having such a big game, order famvir either. Order famvir “I don’t know how many yards I had.”
As for clicking with Brady once again: “I mean, order famvir we’re just executing the plays. Order famvir I haven’t seen the film, order famvir but I don’t really have any comments about it right now.”
Lloyd kept his head in the game nicely, order famvir though, order famvir and when Danny Woodhead made a nice run, order famvir only to have the ball poked out of his hands 45 seconds into the fourth quarter, order famvir Lloyd was on the spot to fall on the ball in the end zone.
“I don’t know, order famvir” he said, order famvir when asked about that play. Order famvir “It was a screen pass and I’m just doing my best to block downfield and the ball popped out. Order famvir Pretty much all I know right now. Order famvir As long as it puts points on the board. Order famvir It doesn’t really matter how they come.”
Not too high, order famvir not too low, order famvir that’s how Lloyd played the game Monday night. Order famvir We’ll never know exactly how he feels about the performance or about his team. Order famvir “I don’t know. Order famvir I think coach Bill has a better gauge on the pulse of the team, order famvir” he said.
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