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FOXBOROUGH — They might not have come right out and said it, order french red wine 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 french red wine online the Patriots’ depth chart on the offensive line read more like a wish list than a realistic starting lineup, order french red wine online with an assortment of injuries resulting in five different combinations.

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

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Bolden: Return man

The Patriots made the expected move official roughly three hours before kickoff, order french red wine 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 french red wine online The last team to force at least one turnover in every regular-season game was the 2010 Atlanta Falcons.

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