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By Michael Whitmer | Globe Staff

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

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

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

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All lined up

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

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

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

Bolden: Return man

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

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

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

If you’re a Patriots fan who’s never been to Canton, order hyzaar online Ohio, order hyzaar online and visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame, order hyzaar online Canton is coming to you this week. Order hyzaar online Well, order hyzaar online at least it’s coming to Foxborough. Order hyzaar online In recognition of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary, order hyzaar online the busts of the five former Patriots who have been enshrined — John Hannah, order hyzaar online Andre Tippett, order hyzaar online Nick Buoniconti, order hyzaar online Mike Haynes, order hyzaar online and Curtis Martin — will be on display at the Hall at Patriot Place.

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Secondary injuries

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